Harry Potter

"Harry Potter wizardry smashes UK book sales record"

(Reuters, July 11, 2000)

Harry Potter's magic conjured yet another coup in Britain on Tuesday, when it emerged that the fourth volume of the young wizard's adventures had smashed the country's record for first day sales of a book.
Some 372,775 hardback copies of ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' were sold in British bookshops and Internet sites on when it was released on July 8, dwarfing previous records, book sales monitors Whitaker BookTrack said. cook Delia Smith sold 110,425 copies in its first three days in print.
Sales of the new Harry Potter book almost equalled the 399,204 hardback copies the third phenomenally successful book in the series sold in its first full year of publication.
The release of the new 640-page tome, published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, has kindled ``Potter fever'' on both sides of the Atlantic, with fans in Britain and the U.S. queuing for hours to buy it.
Even before hitting the shelves, some 400,000 copies of the book had been pre-sold worldwide by the U.S Internet retailer Amazon.com.
The first three Potter books have sold more than 30 million copies around the world and have been translated into 31 languages.

"Scholastic and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' Break All Publishing Sales Records in First Weekend on Sale"

(PRNewswire, July 11, 2000)

Scholastic Returns to Press for an Additional 3 Million Copies
NEW YORK-- Scholastic's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," J.K. Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book, hit bookstores at midnight on July 8, 2000 and once again Harry Potter made history. Early reports estimate that Scholastic broke all publishing sales records, selling nearly 3 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" in its first weekend on sale. With an unprecedented first print-run of 3.8 million, Scholastic is moving forward with its planned reprint of 2 million. The Company also announced that they will go back to press for an additional 1 million copies based on the book's phenomenal sales. In addition, the Company announced that it will be releasing the paperback edition of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" on August l5, 2000 with an initial printing of 3.2 million.
"J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter have created publishing history with the extraordinary first printing and subsequent sales of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,'" commented Barbara Marcus, President, Scholastic Books. "It is extremely gratifying to publish a book which is being read and loved by so many children and adults. Jo Rowling has written wonderful novels, and we are confident that Harry Potter will be treasured by future generations."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the follow-up book to J.K. Rowling's #1 New York Times bestsellers "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
There are currently 20.9 million copies of the first three Harry Potter books in print including three hardcover novels and the paperback edition of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Each of the books has held the #1 position on The New York Times best-seller list and for 16 weeks the titles were #1, #2 and #3 on the hardcover list and #1 on the paperback list. As of July 16, 2000 all 4 books still remain on the list.