In honor of their fifteenth anniversary, Amazon UK released a series of lists charting their best-selling products of the past decade and a half. Topping the list for fastest-selling product of all time is none other than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Even after six years, the release of the final installment in the Harry Potter series remains a cultural phenomenon for which anticipation was unparalleled, especially in JK Rowling's native UK.
The boy wizard also claimed other spots on Amazon's fifteenth anniversary lists, including No. 2 in the category of Bestselling DVDs, losing to Mamma Mia of all things, and placing No. 1 in the category of fastest selling DVDs for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Surprisingly, Deathly Hallows was all the way back at No. 10 on the list of Bestselling Books, although this certainly could have been because many of Harry's biggest fans opted to attend midnight release parties rather than buy the book online.
The products paint a picture of the UK’s cultural consumption over the past fifteen years and shows we’re a nation that loves Adele, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’, as well as Rage Against the Machine and ‘Call of Duty’.
It will be interesting to see if Harry Potter manages to hold any of its positions for the next fifteen years!
The final cover of the highly anticipated Harry Potter series of paperback books will be unveiled in New York City, will you be joining us there?
Pull out your Marauder’s Map and Apparate (or fly your Firebolt) to Scholastic Headquarters on July 31st at 12 p.m. and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Harry Potter series in a magical way! Join us as we unveil the all-new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final of the seven new trade paperback editions illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi. Fans, old and new, can meet Kazu Kibuishi and Arthur Levine, editor of all U.S. Harry Potter books, see Hagrid, enjoy wizardry crafts and magical fun, and take a photo in giant cut-out of the new Harry Potter cover…PLUS participate in the Harry Potter costume contest! The first 50 muggles in costume will receive a lithograph of the new book cover signed by Kazu! (No need to stop at Gringotts for money – the event is free!).
Scholastic Headquarters is located at 557 Broadway in New York City. This event will take place on July 31st at 12:00PM ET.
MuggleNet will be in attendance and we hope to see you there as well.
Tuesday afternoon three Harry Potter first editions were stolen from the Isle of Wight charity shop Feather Friends Rescue. The thieves made off with two first editions of Prisoner of Azkaban, each valued at 154 GBP, and one first edition of Deathly Hallows, valued at 250 GBP. Other valuable books were also stolen from the shop.
The Feather Friends Rescue cares for injured and unwanted birds. Sam Morley, owner of the charity shop, says of the theft:
I just think they are the most low-life people. To steal from a charity shop, from volunteers who give their time to help animals. Those books were donated by a lady from Totland to help us build an aviary for parrots.
A reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction.
Thanks to Cory of LaGazette for the tip, and you can read the Isle of Wight County Press report here.
Even with this current economical situation around the world, the value of a true collectible continues to grow in value as seen by the all-time high price tag for a unique Harry Potter book.
AbeBooks is a reputable bookseller that sells all kinds of rare and hard to find books complete with certificates of authenticity on many of their high-valued books.
Today, we are sharing with you a collectible that every true Harry Potter fan would love to own: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published by Bloomsbury, first edition, first impression, and signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page complete with original pictoral boards and dust jacket in mint condition. You can read the full description right here.
The current price tag - ONLY $5,000.00
Tell us what your most valued piece is in your Harry Potter collection whether its a book or toy or even a sentimental piece.
On July 21, 2007, Harry Potter fans across the globe finally got their hands on the highly anticipated finale of J.K. Rowling's seven-part saga. Millions of fans waitied in lines inside (and outside) bookstores for the final time, anxious to begin flying through the pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Of course, this time around, it was a lot different. Most of us probably felt a bit conflicted - wanting to rush through the pages to find out everything that happened to our favorite characters but at the same time wanting to savor every single page. After all, there would be no more to the story after the final few words.
Deathly Hallows would go on to shatter sales records, quickly becoming the fastest-selling book ever, with 15 million copies sold in 93 countries within the first 24 hours. It was a monumental day for retailers, literature as a whole, and of course, Potter fans.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the release of Deathly Hallows. It's hard to imagine that so much time has passed since the final book dropped. Even though the final book and movie have already been released, over these years, Harry Potter has not come anywhere close to being "over." From Pottermore, to real-life Quidditch, to conventions, there is plenty to keep the Potter fandom alive. For this reason, we choose to celebrate this five-year anniversary! Harry Potter lives!
We recently reported about an event on MuggleNet Interactive allowing you to record a video explaining how the Potter series has been kept alive for you these past five years. If you haven't yet, you should check it out!
Since we here at MuggleNet want to celebrate July 21 with you, some of us have recorded videos of our own - talking about how the series has been kept alive for us and how much we love it! Below, you can watch a compilation of these videos, edited and finalized beautifully by our very own Laura Reilly! We hope you enjoy as we share our thoughts on this wonderful occasion. Here's to another five years, and beyond!
It's hard to believe that it has been nearly five (5) years (YES...five) since author J.K. Rowling completed the manuscript for the finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
On January 11th, 2007, Miss Rowling revealed to the world that the final words of the final chapters in the final book were written and ready to be shipped to Bloomsbury publishing and Scholastic publishing houses for edit and release.
She completed the writing in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland in room 552, and scrawled a message on the back of a bust of Hermes in the room reading:
"J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in this room on 11 January 2007."
Rowling later wrote on her website: "I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric." She finished her message by saying, "'Deathly Hallows' is my favourite, and that is the most wonderful way to finish the series."
The final book would later be released globally in 93 countries on July 21, 2007 and sell an amazing 15 million copies in the first 24 hours.
Do you remember this moment in 'Potter' history? Let us know in the comments below.