Check this out… J.K. Rowling owns 8 of the top 14 spots in this week’s best-seller list with her seven Harry Potter titles, including Deathly Hallows and the $65 Deathly Hallows “deluxe” edition in slots #1 and #3, respectivey. Here’s how it breaks down:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deluxe Edition
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Guesstimating an average price of $20 per copy (list price was $34.99, but it was available from many merchants for substantially less) the 8.3 million copies of Deathly Hallows that sold in the first 24 hours translates into $166 million in sales. In one day. Amazing.
So… Did you buy yourself a copy? We did. We pre-ordered from Amazon and had it delivered to our door on release day. In the days since, my wife and I have spent the evening curled up on the couch with kids taking turns reading chapters aloud.