800-Word Harry Potter Prequel Sells 10,000 Copies in First 24 Hours

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Aug 09, 2008

Posted by EdwardTLC

As readers will remember, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling wrote an 800-word note card containing a story featuring a young James and Sirius Black for Waterstone’s “What’s Your Story?” charity auction. This Harry Potter prequel was included with the 12 other stories written on postcards for the Waterstone’s auction and published yesterday. The Telegraph is reporting that 10,000 copies were sold on the first day, with many shops running out of copies before lunchtime. Toby Bourne, the head of children’s buying for Waterstone’s, is quoted as saying:

“Fans have been desperate to own this limited edition piece of Harry Potter history. Pre-orders flooded in from all over the world. Demand was so big that we stopped taking pre-orders to ensure customers had a chance to buy the book in stores.”

All proceeds from sales of this collection of stories will benefit the English Pen and Dyslexia Action charities in the UK.





55 Responses to 800-Word Harry Potter Prequel Sells 10,000 Copies in First 24 Hours

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Neat but not surprising! must get a copy myself!

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Yeah I came across that article earlier today. It just goes to show that even if we don’t have any more novels to enjoy, we will still all buy Jo’s work (even if it is only 800 words long) asap!

Long live HP!!

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Jo looks great in that pic. lol, totally random I know.

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Sorry to break it to you, but as Waterstones have fully sold out “Ordinary fans got their chance to own a copy when 10,000 cards went on sale at Waterstone’s branches across the country. Such was the demand that many stores had sold out by lunchtime, and all 10,000 copies were gone by close of business. ” From the Telegraph article You’ll have to rely on eBay or another auction site.

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Bom, como sempre Jo esta arrasando. Era previsivel, ja que os fãs de todo o mundo estão euforicos e ansiosos por HP7, qualquer coisa que seja feita por ela, fará enorme sucesso entre os fãs. Eu mesmo ja li fantastica o que tambem ja era previsivel, Jo não faria qualquer coisa : )

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will they make more? surely they’re not only letting 10, 000 Harry Potter fans to have this!

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It seems to me that this, like Tales of Beedle the Bard will eventually be available. Or at least I hope so because it sounds really cool & I just now found out about it.

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I don’t understand why they make it limited edition if it’s for charity – surely the more the merrier?

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I have an on going fear there won’t be enough of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. It would be horrible to walk into Barnes and Nobles bookstore to be told, “Please wait for the next shipping of the book”.

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They should have anticipated that they would be flooded with orders. Wow I’m glad I pre-ordered my copy months ago on the first day. I got an e-mail from Waterstone’s yesterday saying it had been shipped. I can’t wait for it to get here!

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i forgot to preorder it… i live in the US and now i cant get it! If anyone has any idea of how to buy it… pleaseeee tell me!

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YaY i got mine this morning! I pre-ordered it months ago – feels like longer!

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I preordered mine. Waiting patiently for the Royal Mail to wing it to my door here in sunny Florida.

OMT

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I also forgot to pre-order! I’m so sad! But, at least I pre-ordered Tales of Beedle the Bard Collecters Ed. I CAN’T WAIT TILL DEC. 4! Yeah! : P

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I wish I had pre-ordered. Too bad! :( A least I pre-ordered The Tales of Beedle the Bard. There’s always another chance!

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Wow! I’m glad I preordered early… it should be here any day.

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I never new about this :( when did it become pre orderable :( Anyone know if they are making more? I cant find any trace of it on waterstaones website link anyone??? PLEASE! jst for info

CJ xxx

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@Justinnsaur: I won’t mind “waiting until the next shipment” for ‘Beedle The Bard’ I know I’ll get one! [at least I hope so! LOL] RE: “not having enough of the ‘Prequel’.....”They DID say “limlted edition”....some of us will just have to wait and see if they print more. The article, above, seems to intimate that there will be more published. They’re just out, right now. As I said, though, they DID say “limited edition”..{le sigh] Thanks, again, to Edward and Leaky Cauldron. Up to the minute coverage of our favorite Author and Books….

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What is the title, so I can keep an eye out for it?

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Yeah, pre-ordered mine back in June – and had pretty much completely forgotten I’d done that until yesterday, when I got the email from Waterstone’s saying it was shipped.

Guess now all I have to do is hope it comes to my home over in the US before I have to leave for college in a few weeks. Otherwise, I’ll have an even LONGER wait!

~Megan

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A. Marina Fournier:

It’s called ‘What’s Your Story’

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Oh man, I forgot about this! I had intended to queue up at Waterstones on its release as I had a feeling it might sell out quickly. Well done to those who did remember! I’m still surprised it sold out this quick though! Anything that Jo writes becomes a gold rush. As for Beadle the Bard, that should be always be available as the previous charity Potter books were but the limited editions will definitely sell out (glad I pre-ordered that one).

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I thought there was going to be a book with all of the stories in it.

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Not surprising, just wish they could have released a typed copy, her handwritting was so cramped. Understandibly so, small space to write like she can. I like to think she got so into writing part of the Potter story again she wrote very quickly and excitedly, possibly inspiring another story line for another book. Ah…. dreams!

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does anyone realize how sad i am? this is terrible! is there any chance of being able to purchase it if we didn’t pre order?

and also, on a random note, go gary oldman for being SO amazingly awesome in Dark Knight! why hasn’t there been a post congratulating him yet? well, anyways, great job!

i love you gary!!
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i do hope they make more:(

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Damn, I forgot! Now have no money + next to no chance of getting the book soon. The only thing I can console myself with is that at least I have already read it, and not missed out on something entirely brand new.

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‘Hazel’ How have you already read it??? I MUST know how I need to read it!!! Thanks Cj xxxx

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Why am I not surprised?! ;-)

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I wonder how fast Beedle the Bard will go?!!

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Yeah I got mine yesterday, it was cool. Jo can certainly still pack em in

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One of the nice things about this collection is that it will introduce HP fans to the writings of other authors who they may not yet have explored …plus the money goes to charity!

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Yay, I pre-ordered! My advice to everyone on ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’: PRE-ORDER!! ;-)

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where can i buy it!!?? i cant find a link to buy it anywhere

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The story is dumb and illogically. And the moral message is well…. She could spread her used toilet paper instead and you would read a great story out of it.

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emmy: The standard edition of Beedle the Bard is unlikely to sell out, as I get the impression they will print as many as needed but I agree that those wanting the Collector’s edition should pre-order and do so soon, as I suspect the limited edition of 100,000 will sell out within the next couple of weeks.

kyle Allen: It is probably be too late. There might be a few still at a few branches of Waterstone’s but basically, if you haven’t pre-ordered or shopped at Waterstone’s on Thursday then you are unlikely to get a copy.

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My Mom pre order that back on June as a birthday gift to me… does anyone have any idea when we should be receiving that? By the way… I’m on the USA. Has anyone got theirs already?

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Carol Carvalho: It depends what delivery you selected. A quick check of the Waterstone’s website (one of the links at the foot of the page) suggests it could be 3-5 days, or 12-24, or somewhere in between.

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Hey I’ve only seen this on this website are they selling these in the U.S???? If so someone can e-mail me at sis_jerr92[email protected] so I can go and buy it, cuz nobody writes better than J.K.Rowling

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I hope they make more!! my parents arent big fans of online orders :{

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can i get that? i live in indonesia!!

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roonwit, Thanks for the response, :) I have just received the e-mail telling me it was shipped! I can’ wait!!!!

For those asking if it is going to be available on the US… I don’t think so. But you can order and they WILL ship it here. No doubt.

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Does anyone happen to know if Barnes & Noble will be doing a Midnight Magic party for the release of Tales of Beedle the Bard? Trying to decide if I should pre-order or wait for the event?

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I’m so mad I didn’t get one! I’m not allowed to order stuff online, and now I have no way to get a copy. Argh. At least I already read it… But still, I’d love to own it. I am DEFINITELY pre-ordering Beedle now.

PotterFan – I don’t know about Barnes & Noble, but at Chapters you can preorder and pick it up at the event. You should find out if it’s the same case for B & N; that way, you can guarantee a copy but still have all the fun of a midnight release.

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how do i get one of those for myself????

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I went into Waterstone syesterday and asked if they had any copies. They said they had sold out, but WOULD be getting more in. I guess there was just 10,000 in the first print run. Now they will make more, but they won’t be first editions or whatever. It seems daft that there is such huge demand for something that is for charity and they would limit the amount sold. It isn’t advertised as limited edition, or collector’s edition, anywhere. So don’t panic, don’t buy overpriced ones on ebay, there will be more!

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Gina,

Thanks for the clarification. It was confusing initially.

Karen

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Gina: It was described as an exclusive limited edition in information from Waterstone’s, so I don’t think they can publish it freely. However, I don’t think they ever put a figure on how many would be printed so they can probably justify printing a few more.

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I didn’t know it had ever said limited edition, but even so, they can make more can’t they? 10,000 seems so little for something designed to raise money for charity, especially at £5 each. Anyway, unless the waterstones lady is a liar, there will be more…hopefully! My local waterstones is still advertising it, there are posters everywhere, the staff are even wearing tshirts with ‘whats your story’ printed on them. So thats a good sign.

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I bought my copy today in Tottenham Court Road, they had a few on display by the front tills. It’s a neat little book, only £5, bargain!

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Why only 10,000 copies? i reckon the will make MORE!

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For those who forgot to preorder (like me!), you can still order it—just not online. I contacted Waterstone and they wrote back saying that it’s not available online anymore because they want to guarantee that it’s available in stores.

So for those who don’t live in the UK, you can still order it over the phone or by email through individual stores. I emailed all the stores in London and a couple got back to me saying that the store at Piccadilly ([email protected] or [email protected]) still has copies left and they’ll ship internationally.

Good luck everyone!

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Yes, there are still some left. I managed to get one at my local Waterstones today. Yay! Hopefully you will all manage to find one too, its so cool to read it properly in Jo’s handwriting. As Mary said, Good Luck!

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i want one i love reading harry potter and wish she would make some more books i wonder were u buys this postcards?

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Well the only think I can say is at least I’ve already read it (on the Waterstone site – months ago) and it’s not of any importance to the HP books. Just to let you know if you don’t it is about James and Sirius getting into a spot of trouble with muggle police a couple years before Harry was born!! Lol

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