Reader Adam sends us this

Aug 18, 2002

Posted by John Admin

Reader Adam sends us this link to an article from the Florida Sun-Sentinel entitled “Harry Potter and the Curse of Silence”:

Where have you gone, Harry Potter? The nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Make that the world.

J.K. Rowling’s series of fantasy novels about a kiddie wizard fighting evil at a boarding school for the magically gifted has sold something like a gazillion copies internationally (actually 140 million copies, or thereabouts, in 47 languages). Harry is credited with saving the publishing industry (Scholastic, Rowling’s American publisher, sold $200 million worth of Potter books in 2001 alone); inspiring a return to reading for a young generation previously feared lost to TV, video games and computers; and with attracting adult readers to a juvenile genre. The Hollywood film adaptation of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, took in more than $300 million to become the top moneymaker of last year, despite lukewarm reviews.

But now Rowling seems stuck on volume five of the projected seven-book series…





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