Saturday, July 21, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Release

On July 21st, 2007, Harry Potter fans around the world lined up outside of bookstores for the final book of the series to be released - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

The seventh installment of the fantasy series that captured the hearts and minds of children and adult readers was finally coming to a conclusion - what was the deathly hallows, which characters would perish, who would survive the deadly battle against Voldemort, and how would the Golden Trio move on from this adventure they started together? Those were just some of the questions that fans waited anxiously to be answered!

As every past Harry Potter broke sales records, Deathly Hallows became the fastest-selling book ever at the time - selling 15 million copies in its first 24 hours. The previous record was held by Half Blood Prince, selling 9 million copies.

Did you know?

Bloomsbury took drastic measures to protect the content of the book from being leaked, however in the U.S. all 759 pages were leaked and transcribed, prompting Scholastic to hunt for the culprit.

The American Library Association named it a Best Book for Young Adults - however, Harry Potter was at one time one of the 100 most challenged books for five consecutive years at the ALA.

The title of the book was released to the public via a special Christmas-themed hangman puzzle on Rowling's website. JK Rowling had also considered Harry Potter and the Elder Wand, and Harry Potter and the Peverell Quest as alternative titles.

Upon completing the book at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinbourgh, JK Rowling signed a statement on a marbal bust writing "J. K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (652) on 11 January 2007".

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