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EW Does the Numbers

Posted by: Melissa
June 13, 2003, 06:54 PM

Thanks to readers who sent us this interesting bit of number analysis done by Entertainment Weekly:

192 MILLION: Estimated worldwide sales of the four previous Potter books.

8.5 MILLION: Number of first-print copies of Phoenix set to go on sale June

$3-5 MILLION: Amount spent by marketing Muggles on the publicity of Phoenix.

1.3 MILLION: Approximate population of Phoenix, Arz.

Approximately 462,800: Total number of words in the previous four Potter
books combined.

Over 255,000: Total number of words in Phoenix.

180,568: Total number of worlds in the King James version of the New

$740: Cost of hiring a Potter impersonator from U.K. based A-List
Lookalikes & Entertainment Ltd. for four hours.

504: Rank (in U.S.) of Harry as a baby name for 2002.

306: Total number of EW articles since 1999 that mention Harry Potter.

180: Hours of community service Brit Donald Parfitt was sentenced to after
stealing (and attempted to sell) pages of the Phoenix manuscript.

26.5: Hours it takes to listen to Jim Dale's audio rendition of Phoenix, due
June 21.

2: Years until Phoenix might be seen in theaters.

2:1** : Odds that actor Daniel Radcliffe will be shaving by then

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