Harry Potter - Goodbye Dear Friend

"It's all over, goodbye dear friend and farewell Harry Potter ". The feeling of many Harry Potter enthusiast. The final book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)" with it's released July 21, 2007 along with Harry and author JK Rowling's birthday is the richest going away party in history. (by Associated Press National writer Hillel Italie)

Before we say goodbye to Harry Potter let us list some of Harry Potter effect.
  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling sold 1.2 million copies worldwide and 8.3 million copies in 24 hours on sale in US for the first day only according to Scholastic Inc. (That is 300,000 copies sales per hour or 5,000+ a minute in US alone)
  2. A massive first printing of 12 million copies for US. The first fan to get hold of Deathly Hollow's copy is a 19 year old Amber de Jager of Netherlands.
  3. The biggest hype for book with kids and adults reading at parks, buses, restaurants and airplanes.
  4. A Beatles-esque moment as Amazon.com's top best sellers is Potter related including audio CD of Deathly Hollow and sets of all seven Potters.
  5. The six Harry Potter books sold 325 million copies worldwide and is translated in 64 different languages. (no wonder JK Rowling is the second richest celebrity women in the world according to Forbes Magazine)
  6. A theme park in Florida USA "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" expected to open in 2009.
  7. Daniel Radclifee as Harry Potter is a top search name along with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger.

The Harry Potter Series


Book cover / title: Harry Potter and the…


Book Published

General Movie Release

Earnings (movie ticket sales only, US$ m)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

1997

2001

969

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

1998

2002

866

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

1999

2004

789

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

2000

2005

892

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

2003

2007

358 (as of July 19)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

2005




Sites associate with Harry Potter.
  1. www.the-leaky-cauldron.org Potter fan site, images and commentary by Mellisa Anelli
  2. www.floo-network.org The Floo Network
  3. www.accio-quote.org for JK Rowlings interviews
  4. www.hp-lexicon.org an encyclopedia and dictotionary focusing on Harry Potter world
  5. www.mugglenet.com fan site by Emerson Spartz
  6. www.jkrowling.com official site of JK Rowling

Source: AFP / AP/Bloomsbury/IMDB / Reuters / Arab News / Yahoo News 200707

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