HarryPotter

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

J.K Rowling's phenomenal seven-book fantasy series about adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his adventurous and magical years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the seven books chronicles a year in Harry’s life at Hogwarts. The central story arc focuses on Harry’s struggle against the evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’ parents and tried to kill Harry when he was a baby. Because Harry survived the attack, he is famous in the wizarding world. At Hogwarts, Harry forms everlasting friendships, falls in love, faces immense challenges, endures incredible loss and learns to overcome many magical, social and emotional hurdles.

Who's it for?

Readers of all ages

Visit the Sites

scholastic.com/hpreadingclub
scholastic.com/harrypotter

harrypotter.com
jkrowling.com

More Information

Kyle Good
kgood@scholastic.com
(212) 343-4563

 

Kids who began reading Harry Potter when they were in elementary school, finished Harry’s story as they finished major life milestones in this decade. And they took with them not only a deep experience of the pleasure a book can bring, but a validation of hopefulness that one’s actions matter more than one’s circumstances, and a message that truly love does conquer all.

— Arthur Levine, Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, VP Scholastic

 

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Highlights

  • Every Harry Potter book has been a number 1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller
  • Worldwide sales of Harry Potter exceed $450 million
  • In the US alone there are over 160 million Harry Potter books in print
  • Harry Potter is published in 74 languages
  • The seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours breaking all publishing records (set by previously published Harry Potter titles)
  • Publication Dates and First Printings: 

    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, September 1998 (50,000)
    2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, June 2, 1999 (250,000)
    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, September 8, 1999 (500,000)
    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, July 8, 2000 (3.8 million)
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, June 21, 2003 (6.8 million)
    6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, July 16, 2005 (10.8 million)
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, July 21, 2007 (12 million)

 

Exclusive Harry Potter Illustrations by Jim Kay

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Cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay. (Credit: Jacket art by Jim Kay © 2015 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

 


Ron Weasley (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)
 



Hermione Granger (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

 


Draco Malfoy (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)
 



Rubeus Hagrid (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

 

All four pieces as one image:

Clockwise from top left: Ron Weasley; Rubeus Hagrid; Draco Malfoy; Hermione Granger. (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)
 

Additional Harry Potter Illustrations by Jim Kay


Harry Potter (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)
 



Hogwarts (Credit: Illustrations by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

 

 

 

 

Cover Downloads

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Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
 


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

 


Original Mary Grand Pré cover of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

 

 


Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
 


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

 


Original Mary Grand Pré cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 


Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
 


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

 


Original Mary Grand Pré cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 


Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

 
Original Mary Grand Pré cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 

Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

 
Original Mary Grand Pré cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 

Kazu Kibuishi cover
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Back Cover by Kazu Kibuishi
 
Original Mary Grand Pre' cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Kazu Kibuishi Covers 1–7

 


Mary Grand Pré Covers 1–7

Author and Illustrator Downloads

J.K.Rowling
J.K. Rowling

 


Kazu Kibuishi
(Photo Credit: Gordon Luk)

 

Celebrating 15 Years of Harry Potter with J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter Milestones

(All sales figures are U.S. only)

  • July 8, 2000 – 3.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
  • July 11, 2000 – 3 million – copies sold in the first weekend from the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire breaking all publishing sales records.
  • March, 12, 2001 – Release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages with net proceeds to benefit Comic Relief, UK
  • June 21, 2003 – 6.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • June 22, 2003 – 5 million – copies sold in the first 24 hours following the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, breaking all publishing records.
  • July 16, 2005 – 10.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • July 17, 2005 – 6.9 million – copies sold in the first 24 hours following the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, breaking all publishing records.
  • June 14, 2006 – Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report reveals that 76%of parents say reading Harry Potter has helped their child do better in school
  • August 1 & 2, 2006 – 2 sold-out nights of "Harry, Carrie & Garp" J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and John Irving read and answered questions for fans at Radio City Music Hall, benefiting Doctors without Borders and The Haven Foundation.
  • June 4 – July 20, 2007 – 40 libraries across the country visited by the Knight Bus where fans were invited to share on video their thoughts and feelings about the Harry Potter Books.
  • July 21, 2007 – 12 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • July 22, 2007 – 8.3 million – copies sold in the first 24 hours following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, breaking all industry records.
  • August 2, 2007 11.5 million – copies sold in the first 10 days following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • October 15-19, 2007 – 2,000 – books signed by J.K. Rowling at each of four free events on the Open Book Tour, where J.K. Rowling read, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and answered questions at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, the New Orleans Convention Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • June 11, 2008 – Scholastic's Kids and Family Reading Report finds that 74 % of kids say reading Harry Potter made them interested in reading other books.
  • September 23, 2008 – 7 ½ hours – spent by hundreds of fans reading aloud J.K. Rowling's first book,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in its entirety at Scholastic’s "Cover to Cover" event in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the book’s publication.
  • December 3, 2008 – Scholastic releases The Tales of Beedle the Bard to benefit the Children's High Level Group, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP to make life better for vulnerable children.
  • September 20, 2009 – 228 – weeks Harry Potter spent on The New York Times bestseller list

Harry Potter Fast Facts

  • 160 million books in print in US alone

  • Worldwide sales exceed 450 million

  • Published in 74 languages

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • Pub Date: September 1998
  • Initial Print run: 50,000
  • Chapters: 17
  • Paperback September 8, 1999
  • Special Anniversary Edition: September 23, 2008

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Pub Date: June 2, 1999
  • Initial Print run: 250,000
  • Chapters: 18
  • Paperback: July 8, 2000

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban

  • Pub Date: September 8, 1999
  • Initial print run: 500,000
  • Chapters: 22
  • Paperback: September 11, 2001

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Pub Date: July 8, 2000
  • Initial Print run: 3.8 million
  • Sold 3 million copes in the first weekend on sale; went back to press for additional 3 million.
  • Chapters: 37
  • Paperback: July 31, 2002

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Pub Date: June 21, 2003
  • Initial Print run: 6.8 million
  • Went back pre-publication for second printing of 1.7 million
  • Ordered third printing of 800K on June 24, bringing in print to 9.3 million
  • Sold 5 million copies in first 24 hours
  • Sold 11 million copies in first 12 weeks
  • Chapters: 38
  • Paperback August 8, 2004

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • Pub Date: July 16, 2005
  • Initial Print run: 10.8 million
  • Second printing of 2.7 million
  • Sold 6.9 million in the first 24 hours
  • Sold 11 million in first 9 weeks
  • Chapters: 30
  • Paperback: July 25, 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • Pub date: July 21, 2007
  • Initial Print run: 12 million
  • Sold 8.3 million in the first 24 hours
  • Sold 11.5 million it first 10 days
  • Chapters: 36 plus Epilogue
  • Paperback: July 7, 2009

Press Releases

Photo and Video Downloads

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Harry Potter Reading Club Logo

 Harry Potter: The Most Extraordinary Adventure of All Time


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 Pictures from Book Expo America (BEA) 2013


 

Award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, center left, and Arthur A. Levine, VP and publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, center right, unveil the cover of the new trade paperback edition of J.K. Rowling's second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the U.S publication of Harry Potter, at Book Expo America in New York, May 30, 2013.


 

Award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, left, and Arthur A. Levine, VP and publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, right, are pictured together after unveiling of the cover of the new trade paperback edition of J.K. Rowling's second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the U.S publication of Harry Potter, at Book Expo America in New York, May 30, 2013.


 

Award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, left, and Arthur A. Levine, VP and publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, center, give away signed lithographs by Kibuishi, after the unveiling of the cover of the new trade paperback edition of J.K. Rowling's second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the U.S publication of Harry Potter, at Book Expo America in New York, May 30, 2013.

 

 

 

Pictures from the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover reveal

 

 

Video Downloads from J.K. Rowling Live Global Webcast

Hufflepuff Response (144MB: Credit: Scholastic Inc.)

J.K. Rowling's Next Project (36MB: Credit: Scholastic Inc.)


Harry Potter Archive

Press Releases

 

Event Photos & Video Downloads

Harry, Carrie & Garp: Radio City Music Hall New York, August 2006


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Fans wish J.K. Rowling a Happy Birthday outside Radio City Music Hall

J.K. Rowling onstage in Radio City Music Hall for Harry, Carrie & Garp

Now There Are 7:
Release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: July 21, 2007


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Excited fans celebrate with their copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows purchased at midnight book parties on July 21, 2007.
 

A Magical Celebration and Photo Gallery:
Harry Potter Place, SoHo New York


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Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson with Harry Potter fans


 

Scenes from The Knight Bus

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Open Book Tour: October 2007

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J.K. Rowling Video


Preview: J.K. Rowling reading to audience

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Preview: J.K. Rowling book signing 

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Preview: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hot off the press

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Combo Reel: signing, reading, printing.
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