HARRY Potter's magic has been at work in Hyndburn when eight faulty books - the only ones in the UK - hit an Accrington store.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince winged its way to Woolworths, only for it to be discovered that an exciting chunk of the book had vanished into thin air.
The eagerly-awaited sixth novel by JK Rowling has been on the wish list of children and adults alike for months.
And, Potter fan Dany Robson, the Observer's sports editor, was one of the unlucky few to purchase a dodgy copy.
She said: "I got to page 464 where it gets quite exciting and the pages went back to 97. It left me in suspense, I was a bit miffed."
A Woolworths spokesman said: "We have apologised to customers affected and have replaced the books."
Head of children's publicity at Bloomsbury Publishing, Lucy Holden, said: "We sold two million copies in the first 24 hours and when you are printing on that scale, errors do sometimes unfortunately occur. We suggest that anybody with a faulty book should return it and it will be replaced."