Deathly Hallows 'Fastest-selling Book In History'

by | 23 July 2007

The seventh and final book in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series has become the fastest-selling book in history, early indications show.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows went on sale worldwide at midnight on Saturday UK time and sold more than 8.3 million copies in the following 24 hours in the US alone.

The book's American publisher Scholastic says this easily beats the 6.9 million copies its literary predecessor Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sold in the corresponding period two years ago.

"This weekend kids and adults alike are sitting on buses, in the park, on airplanes and in restaurants reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Scholastic's Lisa Holton.

Yesterday a spokesperson for UK publisher Bloomsbury said the Deathly Hallows was expected to have sold three million during its first 24 hours of release in Britain.

Online retailer Amazon has already received 2.2 million pre-orders for the book – itself a new record – while WH Smith said it sold 15 books every second in the day after it hit shelves and 100,000 copies were bought at Waterstone's.

Supermarket chain Asda, which had been embroiled in a price war with Bloomsbury in the run-up to the Deathly Hallows release date, said it had sold the vast majority of its 500,000 copies and was expecting to receive another order soon.

Meanwhile Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the boy wizard in the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter books, has got his hands on an estimated £20 million fortune after turning 18 today.

Radcliffe can currently be seen in cinemas in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and has already signed on to reprise his role in the final two films.


23/07/2007 13:42:36


Contactmusic

Tags: Jk Rowling - Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter - Prince


Editors Recommendations

Jodie Foster Is Now A Married Woman! Wait, When Did That Happen?

Congratulations to Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison, who just tied the knot this week!...

Jodie Foster Is Now A Married Woman! Wait, When Did That Happen?

Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Otis Into The World

Babies, babies everywhere! The latest addition to the Hollywood brood is little Otis...

Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Otis Into The World

Adventurer And "Bachelorette" Contestant Dies After Paragliding Incident

Eric Hill, a Bachelorette contestant, who was severely injured in a paragliding accident...

Adventurer And

Richard Gere's New Lady Love, Who Is Padma Lakshmi?

Actor Richard Gere and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi are allegedly an item...

Richard Gere's New Lady Love, Who Is Padma Lakshmi?

Tom Hardy secretly weds?

The 'Locke' actor has praised long-term partner Charlotte Riley - who he started dating in 2009...

Tom Hardy - Tom Hardy secretly weds?

Laura Prepon Squashes Speculation Claiming She Is Dating Tom Cruise

Laura Prepon and Tom Cruise and not dating, despite numerous rumors that suggest they are...

Laura Prepon Squashes Speculation Claiming She Is Dating Tom Cruise

Joan Rivers Said What? Comedienne's Latest Scandal Gets Ariel Castro Kidnapping Victims Involved

People are once again outraged at something Joan Rivers said – what else is new? The 80-year-old...

Joan Rivers Said What? Comedienne's Latest Scandal Gets Ariel Castro Kidnapping Victims Involved

Lupita Nyong'o Is Crowned People Magazine's Most Beautiful Women

The 31 year-old actress, who was virtually unknown when cast in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'...

 Lupita Nyong'o Is Crowned People Magazine's Most Beautiful Women

Wow, Mean Girls Could Have Been A Very Different Movie. Casting Changes and Alternate Endings

Amazingly, it's been a decade since the release of Mean Girls, the movie that has become...

Wow, Mean Girls Could Have Been A Very Different Movie. Casting Changes and Alternate Endings


More recommendations

Comments

Jk Rowling Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jk Rowling

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All