US edition of Harry Potter book

"Philosopher’s Stone" became "Sorcerer’s Stone" in the US

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in JK Rowling’s popular series, is being published at 0001 BST on 16 July.

Alongside Harry Potter movies and merchandise, it is part of a massive global industry which has generated millions of sales and been credited with reviving children’s interest in reading.

Book retailer Waterstone’s collected facts about the franchise in The Harry Potter Report, which aimed to assess the scale of the phenomenon:

  • The first five books in the series have sold more than 17 million copies in the UK alone, with a value of over £100m.

  • Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been the UK’s best-selling fiction author between 1998 and 2005.

  • The fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, sold 1.8 million copies in the UK within 24 hours of publication in June 2003, making it Britain’s fastest-selling book.
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • More than 265 million Harry Potter books have been sold in 200 countries, written in 62 languages.

  • In France the English version of Order of the Phoenix became the only English-language book to top the country’s best-seller list.

  • JK Rowling won Spain’s Prince of Asturias Concord Prize "for having helped children of all races and cultures to discover the joys of reading".

  • More than 1.1 million cassette and CD recordings of the Harry Potter series of novels have been sold.

  • The three Harry Potter movies have taken a combined income of £1.35bn at the worldwide box office.

  • Movie versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke all UK box office records.

  • Released in May 2004, The Prisoner of Azkaban movie made more than £408.2m at the global box office.

  • The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie is due to hit UK cinemas in November, with plans already in place for the fifth and sixth films.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the UK’s fastest-selling DVD, selling more than one million copies in two days.

  • Harry Potter tales have inspired a vast number of merchandising spin-offs, from computer games to board games, sweets, toys and clothing.

  • Harry Potter merchandise worth an estimated £1bn has been sold to date.

  • JK Rowling has become the world’s richest author and the richest woman in the UK.

  • The 2005 Sunday Times Rich List estimated her fortune at £500m.
  •  Download Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in pdf format

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