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Given the immense popularity of the Harry Potter book series, as well as evolving technology since its publication, it was inevitable that the seven books in the series would get converted into multiple formats to increase their accessibility to readers of all types. The series was first converted into audiobook format, with Stephen Fry narrating the UK versions and Jim Dale narrating the US versions. Then, with the growing popularity of e-books made accessible through e-readers and tablets, the entire series was converted into e-book format in 2012 exclusively through Pottermore, making it that more convenient to carry around the entire Potter series on a single device.

Audiobooks

 


 

The Harry Potter series has been made available in several languages over the years, and the audiobooks have slowly evolved from cassette tapes and CDs to digital products. You can find links to purchase the digital versions of the audiobooks below.

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History
The story of the Harry Potter audiobooks began on November 22, 1999, over two years after the first book was published, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, read by Stephen Fry, was released in the UK. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read by Jim Dale, was released in the US nine days later, on December 1, 1999. These two men would continue their auditory journey through July 21, 2007, when both versions of the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were concurrently released with the hardback editions.

On September 7, 2005, the first digital editions of the audiobooks were offered exclusively on iTunes. They were previously available only on CD and cassette tape.

In 2017, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were also added to the audiobook family.

Today, either the entire Potter series or the first few books are available in mp3 format in the languages American English, Brazilian Portuguese, British English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Arabic.

Trivia
  • The series is the best-selling audiobooks in history.
  • At 34 hours, the German edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest audiobook in the series.
  • At 8.5 hours, the American, British, and Brazilian editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone are the shortest audiobooks in the series.
  • The total time of the US editions is 116.75 hours, or 4 days, 20 hours, and 45 minutes.
  • The total time of the UK editions is 124 hours, or 5 days and 4 hours, meaning the UK editions of the series last 8 hours and 45 minutes longer than the US editions.
  • On December 26, 2000, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was played uninterrupted on Radio 4 LW, making broadcasting history.
  • Ever since the release of the fourth book, the US audiobooks have been simultaneously released with the physical copies. The UK audiobooks were not simultaneously released until the seventh book.
  • The US audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sold 165,000 copies in its first two days, setting a record as the largest two-day sale in audiobook history. The CD also made the second best-selling title on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, behind the hardback edition, unheard of for an audiobook.
  • For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, both Stephen Fry and Jim Dale recorded 146 different and distinguishable character voices, the most ever recorded for an audiobook.
  • The Danish versions are read by Jesper Christensen, the Dutch by Jan Meng, the German first by Felix von Manteuffel and then second by Rufus Beck, the Italian first by Giorgio Scaramuzzino and then by Francesco Pannofino, the Polish by Piotr Fronczewski, the Brazilian Portuguese by Jorge Rebelo, and the Spanish by Carlos Ponce.
  • The narrator of the Italian audiobooks, Francesco Pannofino, is a famous Italian actor who is known for being the official voice of the actor George Clooney in Italy. He is also known to have lent his voice to Hollywood stars Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Tom Hanks, and many others.
  • The Spanish audiobook Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, narrated by Carlos Ponce, was released as part of the launch of Audible Latino, a site intended for Hispanic listeners to be able to find an extensive catalog of Spanish-language audiobooks.
Release Dates

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

American English: December 1, 1999

Brazilian Portuguese: September BLANK 2015

British English: November 22, 1999

Danish: 2002/February 10, 2017

Dutch: February 22, 2017

French: May 11, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: November 19, 2015/September 21, 2017

Japanese: June 27, 2013

Polish: June 12, 2002

Spanish: February 21, 2019

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

American English: December 1, 1999

Brazilian Portuguese: January BLANK 2015

British English: April 1, 2000

Danish:

Dutch:

French: May 10, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: June 9, 2016/October 31, 2017

Japanese:

Polish:

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

American English: February 1, 2000

Brazilian Portuguese:

British English: September 25, 2000

Danish: 2009

Dutch:

French: May 10, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: December 5, 2017

Japanese:

Polish: January 1, 2012

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

American English: July 8, 2000

Brazilian Portuguese:

British English: April 2, 2001

Danish:

Dutch:

French: May 10, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: January 16, 2018

Japanese:

Polish:

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

American English: June 21, 2003

Brazilian Portuguese:

British English: September 22, 2003

Danish:

Dutch:

French: May 10, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: February 27, 2018

Polish:

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

American English: July 16, 2005

Brazilian Portuguese:

British English: August 25, 2005

Danish:

Dutch:

French: May 10, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: March 27, 2018

Polish:

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

American English: July 21, 2007

Brazilian Portuguese:

British English: July 21, 2007

Danish:

Dutch:

French: October 11, 2017

German: November 20, 2015/October 18, 2016

Italian: April 24, 2018

Polish:

Spanish: TBA 2019

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Running Times

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

American English: 8.5 hours

Brazilian Portuguese: 8.5 hours

British English: 8.5 hours

Danish: 10 hours

Dutch: 10 hours

Finnish: 10.2 hours

French: 8.4 hours

German: 11 hours

Icelandic: 9.28 hours

Italian: 9.35 hours

Japanese: 12 hours

Norwegian: 9.21 hours

Polish: 9.29 hours

Spanish: 8.25 hours

Swedish: 9.4 hours

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

American English: 9 hours

Brazilian Portuguese: 10.1 hours

British English: 9.75 hours

Danish: 11 hours

Dutch: 11 hours

Finnish: 11.27 hours

French: 9.4 hours

German: 11.5 hours

Icelandic: 10.38 hours

Italian: 10.22 hours

Japanese: 15 hours

Norwegian: 10.12 hours

Polish: 10.43 hours

Spanish: 9.6 hours

Swedish: 10.58 hours

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

American English: 12 hours

British English: 12 hours

Danish: 13 hours

Dutch: 13 hours

Finnish: 14.26 hours

French: 11.6 hours

German: 14 hours

Icelandic: 13.30 hours

Italian: 12.10 hours

Norwegian: 13.13 hours

Polish: 12.59 hours

Spanish: 12.25 hours

Swedish: 14.03 hours

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

American English: 21 hours

British English: 21 hours

Danish: 22 hours

Dutch: 22 hours

Finnish: 24.37 hours

French: 21.9 hours

German: 25.5 hours

Icelandic: 24.3 hours

Italian: 21.40 hours

Japanese: 28 hours

Norwegian: 23.44 hours

Polish: 26.41 hours

Spanish: 22.2 hours

Swedish: 24.44 hours

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

American English: 27 hours

British English: 29.25 hours

Danish: 30 hours

Dutch: 30 hours

Finnish: 33 hours

French: 31.2 hours

German: 34 hours

Icelandic: 34.58 hours

Italian: 28.20 hours

Japanese: 43.5 hours

Norwegian: 30.13 hours

Polish: 31.6 hours

Spanish: 30.95 hours

Swedish: 33.19 hours

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

American English: 18.75 hours

British English: 20.5 hours

Danish: 21 hours

Dutch: 21 hours

Finnish: 22.1 hours

French: 21.4 hours

German: 23 hours

Icelandic: 23.9 hours

Italian: 18.20 hours

Japanese: 30 hours

Norwegian: 19.41 hours

Polish: 20.32 hours

Spanish: 19.5 hours

Swedish: 21.47 hours

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

American English: 21.5 hours

British English: 24 hours

Danish: 24 hours

Dutch: 24 hours

Finnish: 25.42 hours

French: 25.9 hours

German: 26.5 hours

Icelandic: 26.35 hours

Italian: 21.40 hours

Japanese: 35.33 hours

Norwegian: 23.57 hours

Polish: 24.16 hours

Spanish: 23.2 hours

Swedish: 26.54 hours

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E-Books

 

 

 

 

The Harry Potter series and other companion books have been converted into many languages of e-books. The newest advancement in Potter-related e-books came in the form of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Kindle in Motion edition, with animations and videos integrated throughout the pages. You can find links to purchase the e-books below.

Pottermore  iTunes

History
Pottermore

On March 27, 2012, the Harry Potter books were released for the first time in e-book format, exclusively available on Pottermore. Originally released in English (in both the UK and the US), the e-book editions are now available in 16 different languages.

On November 19, 2012, J.K. Rowling announced that all proceeds from the e-book sales of The Tales of Beedle the Bard would benefit her charity, Lumos. On March 15, 2013, in honor of Comic Relief‘s Red Nose Day, J.K. Rowling released Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in e-book format on Pottermore, with 40% of the proceeds benefiting the charity.

Enhanced Editions

On October 8, 2015, in collaboration with Apple and Pottermore, J.K. Rowling released all seven Harry Potter novels as iBooks from Apple’s iBooks Store. Annotations from Rowling herself have been added to these editions, suitably marked with quill icons. These newest editions also include the Kindle in Motion feature. Illustrations and animations fill the pages, making it a brand-new visual experience altogether. New fonts and customized, redesigned covers are also additions that make this release unique. Each novel, the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and several companion books are available on the iBooks Store and can be purchased from nearly 50 countries in many different languages.

Trivia
  • E-readers that first supported the Harry Potter e-books included the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Google Play store, the Apple iPad, and the Sony Reader platform.
  • The e-book versions of the Harry Potter novels were originally supposed to be made available in October 2011, but the launch was delayed because Pottermore was struggling to cope with overwhelming demand from beta users.
  • The first three e-books originally each cost $7.99 and the final four each cost $9.99. The entire seven-book collection cost $61.70 to download. Each of the seven e-books now costs $8.99 individually (or $56.64 for the entire collection, a 10% savings) through Pottermore.
  • The most recent cover illustrations for the e-books were designed by Olly Moss. Moss’s main technique was to combine two or more aspects of each story into a double image.
  • The seven Harry Potter books are available to download in ePub format, which is the format supported by the largest number of devices.
  • On September 6, 2016, Pottermore released three e-book titles in its Pottermore Presents series – Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists. Each of the three titles includes writing previously published by J.K. Rowling on the Pottermore website that expands upon characters and elements from the Harry Potter series.