Horcruxes or Hallows? Snape: good or evil? Harry: live or die? Four years ago today we got the answers
At midnight on July 21, 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released worldwide by Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK, Scholastic in the US, and Raincoast Books in Canada.
Over 15 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours shattering the previous record of 9 million by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Even though some of the books contents were leaked out early, Bloomsbury reportedly spent 10 million GBP to keep the book’s contents secret. J.K. Rowling herself had admittedly considered three different titles to the book, including Harry Potter and the Elder Wand, and Harry Potter and the Peverell Quest, before ultimately choosing the Deathly Hallows title (while in the shower, which she later revealed to a crowd at Carnegie Hall).
Many of our MuggleNet readers will remember the anticipation of waiting at their favorite bookstores at midnight to get their hands on the first copies and rush home to read the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga. All of the theories were answered, the fate of our favorite characters finalized, and the true loyalty of Severus Snape was revealed.
Although the series may be over, and the final movie released, fans around the world know that the series will never truly be over, for we can always look at the final line of the book and remember that “All was well.”