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Harry Potter Breaks Records — This Time in Book Sales

Now, I love movies a whole lot, but this news still made me smile: In a rare occurrence of a literary work outselling a hit movie, the revenue generated by J.K. Rowling's 7th Harry Potter book far surpassed that of the latest movie's (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) opening weekend. Check out how impressive this is:

The final volume of J.K. Rowling's seventh-book fantasy series, sold a mountainous 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale in the United States, according to Scholastic Inc.

No other book, not even any of the six previous Potters, has been so desired, so quickly. Deathly Hallows averaged more than 300,000 copies in sales per hour — more than 5,000 a minute.

Seriously, think about that: 5,000 per minute

Well, Potter fans, tell me: Was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows worth all the hype? How do you feel now that Harry's story has come to a close?

P.S. — That's Kate Beckinsale's daughter Lily in the photo, and I just think she's adorable.


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
totally worth it!
madhatter madhatter 9 years
NO SPOILERS HERE. So, I work at a bookstore and thereby, the last book was hyped pretty hardcore - midnight party, activities all next day. I got to the store at 5 on the 20th for TV interviews, stayed til 9: 30, came back at 10:40, stayed until 3:30, came home, came back at 8, stayed til 1, drove home. Then, I stayed up for six hours finishing book seven. And, at 11, I headed to work on minimal sleep, no coffee. Everyone thought I was sick because my eyes were giant and red and puffy and my face was pale (even though I slacked on makeup). And then, I had to stay for four hours, and another person who'd read the book didn't show up until two. That being said, it was so so good. JK was true to the characters, true to war, and (the best part)she proved that her story about wizards holds many more lessons than those for children - she touches upon redemption, loss, pain, love , friendship, faith, good, evil... it's amazing.
catita85 catita85 10 years
oops, i meant epilogue!
catita85 catita85 10 years
I loved the book, yes the eiplogue was quite cheesy, but i liked it. I loved the fact that Snape was flawed but good in the end. just like Dumbledore. I loved Ron and Hermione together and the fact that Rowling can come up with a fantastic joke in spite of the ongoing drama (eg: when George´s ear is cursed off and the twins just laugh about it). I read the book so quickly that y started my reread las night at a much slower pace- I love these books.
loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 10 years
I loved the book!!! The chapter with Snape's memories was one of my favorites and it just made everything come together. To me, she let no stone unturned. It was great and I'm sooooooo sad that it was the end! But I plan on starting from book one again!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
It was definately worth all the hype! Such an amazing book!! Annaerkul: I'm in Canada, so I'm assuming I have an American version of the book. Mine too was only 607 pages.
HPBonBon HPBonBon 10 years
Amazing. The best of the series
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
All I can say is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I cried so hard when I finished. I know not all of our questions have been answered but I am happy with the way things turned out. Yes I was beyond angry that she killed off so many people but in the end it wouldn't have been as strong of a book if only the bad people had died. I LOVED the fact that Snape was good, and he was the one that sent the sword to Harry and of course Ron and Hermione getting together. I am sad to see it come to an end but it was by far the best of all the Harry Potter books.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Lily has her dad's nose. So cute!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 10 years
It was definitely worth the wait, and I'll probably begin my second reading this weekend at the pool.
shafiii shafiii 10 years
this was definetly worth going at midnight and staying up all night. **SPOILERS!!!!!!** The Prince's Tales was my favorite chapter, learning that Snape was in fact good and had been doing this all for Lily surprised me and overwhelmed me. I love how JK Rowling mixed the perfect amount of humor and drama, not allowing you to become too overwhelmed in what could become huge drama, she settled things down for you to get a sense of what was really going on. although at the end i was very happy to see voldemort die, i was a little dissappointed to see Harry stay alive. yes i cried when he died at first and would have been completley hurt but after hearing it for so long, i thought that it might not have been such a bad ending. and for when they went 19 years in time. i was so mad! she made it corny, but cceptable. but lets see there was Lily, James, and Albus Severus, but where the hell was SIRIUS!!!! JK Rowling has left out poor Sirius who she so easily forgot. sometimes i feel like she just doesnt like him, example Sirius never had a funeral but a huge spider did! Lets just hope Rowling tells us that the son of Harry & Ginny is in fact JAmes Sirius Potter and not something tottally bizzare.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
PS...I'm really glad that the Harry Potter books have renewed the interest in books especially for younger kids. There's nothing better in improving a child's imagination than a well-written book.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
***Spoilers*** I might've skipped this part but I would've wanted to know how George reacted to the death of his twin. Anyway, I still need to read the book again because I wasn't satisfied with the first half. I'm also looking forward to reading the entire series...but maybe when my eyes have rested. I can't believe this is the last book. I feel a little sad but at least there are still 2 movies to look forward to.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
I thought it was a good way to end the saga. I will miss it though.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Good ending, but I do wish that she'd filled in a few more of the blanks. And I still can't believe that it's over! But I think a movie of this book will be AWESOME!
thehabra thehabra 10 years
wait..800 pages?That's the American version, right?Mine was 607!
omgosh-dee omgosh-dee 10 years
aw it was awesome. i loved the book so much. it was such a good ending to a wonderful series. but i felt like i was losing one of my closest and longest (8 years!) friend =( i am going to miss waiting for another book. -- i miss it alreaady !
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 10 years
Sorry, PLEASED TO find, not please do find ;)
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 10 years
SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Annaerkul- I believe it did say somewhere that the rest of the death eaters either fled or were found and arrested? I know that the Malfoys didn't get in trouble because in the end all they wanted was their son back and safe. You guys are right, JK seemed to leave things open so that it is possible later on to pick up with a story about Harry/ Ginny and Ron/ Hermiones' kids' adventures, or what everyone is doing with their adult lives. I also felt strongly that Snape would end up good in the end and was please do find that it was so. I too enjoyed Snape's memories. That was a nice touch. Overall this book had everything I wanted it to have. It wrapped up most of the loose ends and even gave us a (yes, Disney-fied but nonetheless satisfying) glimpse into the future. I'm not sure what else she could have squeezed in there, it was already almost 800 pages. Good stuff.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
I love that JK Rowling has made people READ again. It is really a wonderful thing to see people of all ages lined up for hours to get a book! I really enjoyed the last book. Sure, there were some sections near the middle that seemed to drag a bit, but there was a lot to cover. I am a hopeless romantic, so while the epilogue was super cheesy I loved it anyway. Not everything has to be doom and gloom!
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
i LOVED this book. LOVED snape's memories. i can say "i told you so" to everyone about snape now. i cried a ton. i agree that the epilogue should have had more . . . like what happened to luna, the other weasley's, etc?
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
***SPOILERS*** It was ABSOLUTELY worth it! I cried buckets, and even tho it was a "Disney-fied" ending, it was still perfect. I think JK lef tit open the way she did so that if she feel the need in 5-10 years, she can pick up right where she left off. :) Albus Severus Potter, LOVED that. :)
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
*** Possible SPOILERS**** I'm really happy to have read the book and really enjoyed it, but am so sad that it's over. I, too, plan on rereading the whole series again. I'm sure that in my haste to finish the last book I missed details. I also wish that there was more to the epilogue. I wonder if JK Rowling will write a series about the character's children since she obviously won't write one about Harry.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Lily has a huge nose.
briggs313 briggs313 10 years
Great ending to a great series ... I'm sad that it's over but look forward to picking up the series again when I have kids to share it with!
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