EW Does the Numbers
Jun 13, 2003
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
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
2: Years until Phoenix might be seen in theaters.
2:1** : Odds that actor Daniel Radcliffe will be shaving by then