Since the first book was published in 1997, the Harry Potter series has remained one of the most popular and best-selling series of all time.
Four books in the series made it onto Amazon’s top 10 most read books of 2018 for goodness sakes, proving that the spell hasn’t worn off. While the popularity of Harry Potter is certainly not shocking, the record number of books sold thus far is quite stunning.
Twenty years after J.K. Rowling’s magical series captivated audiences everywhere, Harry Potter remains a dominant presence on bookshelves everywhere.
According to Pottermore, half a billion, or 500 million, Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. In other words, on average, one in every fifteen people own at least one Harry Potter book.
The impressive figure accounts for all seven of the books in the series as well as the three companion volumes, taking into account both print and ebook versions. While all of the books have been widely successful, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone is the best-selling book in the series, and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows happens to be the fastest-selling fiction book of all time.
The Harry Potter series has been translated into over eighty languages in the world, allowing the incredible stories to be shared with cultures all over the world. And there is plenty to share: the seven core books in the Harry Potter series contain a total of more than a million words – 1,100,086 if you want to get technical.
The vivid worlds, relatable characters, and touching (and entirely entertaining) story-lines have impacted the lives of so many readers, so let’s celebrate this incredible milestone and the magical woman who made it all possible, J.K. Rowling.
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