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…