Harry Potter Novels by JK Rowling on Multiple Best of Decade Lists

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Dec 05, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As we near the end of 2009, many publications and websites are releasing their “best of the decade” lists, many which include the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling.

First Bookseller points out that our favorite author is the biggest selling author of the decade, saying “J K Rowling unsurprisingly holds the top spot with sales worth a
spellbinding £215.9 million, according to Nielsen BookScan. The
Bloomsbury author’s sales were greater than the TCM revenue of all but
nine publishers including Faber, Scholastic and Egmont. Rowling’s
Potter series also occupies seven of the top 10 books of the noughties.”

Next the Toronto Sun declares the Harry Potter books the story of the decade, noting “J.K. Rowling has been, hands down, the publishing phenomenon of the
decade. She went from being an unemployed single mom to a billionaire
in less than 10 years … by writing books. That in itself is
astounding. The Harry Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies. With
only one person in 10 classified as a reader that’s an astonishing
number. Although only the last four books in the seven-book series were
published in the past decade, each broke records as the fastest selling
book in history. The Harry Potter books make up the bestselling series in history,
outpacing classic series such as Hardy Boys or Lord of the Rings.”

The Guardian reflects on the best book of each year and in 2007 it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “Why are these books such a worldwide phenomenon? Yes, they are very
good, but many equally good books have appeared without causing
near-riots on publication day. The best explanation I can come up with
is that, like the popular dramas of Shakespeare’s time, they excel in
many genres simultaneously. As Polonius puts it when recommending the
company of travelling actors that visits Elsinore, they are outstanding
“either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical,
historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, [or]
tragical-comical-historical-pastoral”. Something for everyone, all of
it first-rate.”

Canada.com has the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as one of the top Pop-culture moments of the decade: “But it wasn’t until the summer of 2000 that the term
“Potter-mania” became an obnoxious, catch-all phrase in North America.
The release of the fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire, marked the first time one of J.K. Rowling’s tomes would
be released simultaneously in the U.K. and North America, and young and
old appetites for adventures in witchcraft and wizardry were piqued.”

Finally, Entertainment Weekly also highlights Goblet of Fire as one of their best books of the decade (number 8) stating “the fourth Potter novel was the darkest yet, forcing poor Harry
to contend with Death Eaters run amok and the loss of a major
character. That it also encompasses some of the series’ most purely fun
moments of escapism is proof of Rowling’s versatile gifts.”

Phew!





57 Responses to Harry Potter Novels by JK Rowling on Multiple Best of Decade Lists

Avatar ImageLisbry says: I'd be shocked if the books weren't on some of the lists! :O Nah, I'm really happy, it's really great that they keep getting this kind of attention, and they totally deserve it (by they I mean the books and their author). Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: Perfect :) Cheers to Jo! Avatar ImagePeachyMomo says: Not only has she given the gift of reading to children (I'm forever grateful that the books turned my step-son onto reading) but she also gave hope for other authors out there, showed that you can start from nothing and create success for yourself. Her story is truly an inspiring one.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: It is not surprizing but, it's always cool to read that JKR or HP are so often in so many *best of* lists ... I have to say that I'm a little surprized how GOF seems to top many of the lists here, I hadnt thought it was the biggest or best of the HP books (although, all seven books are so great & so big that it's almost impossible to choose between them) *yay* for JKR and HP :)Avatar Imagesirius17 says: i reality i think even when it comes to 2099 be ranking as the best books of the centuryAvatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: I would be surpirsed if she didnt make the list.Avatar ImageScribbled says: Awesome. Take that, Twilgiht. Avatar Imageele0206 says: Not unexpected, really. I wouldn't be surprised if they said that JK Rowling is THE writer of the century. Avatar Imageele0206 says: @vespasian68967: maybe they've got confused between GoF and HBP?? I guess... But I'm not sure. Diggory wasn't a major character, that's sure.Avatar ImageSwedish Plimpy says: Awesome! :DAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Congrats to Jo and to HP!! It really has changed the lives of many readers, including mine. It has brought about young readers to read again and enjoy it! :) These books will become classics and no matter what, will always be around.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: im really not shocked...Harry Potter isnt "just a really good book series" it's the best damn book series :)Avatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: How could they not make the list? To me they are the best books ever written. (and I read a lot!)Avatar Imageteam ron says: awesomely awesome!!! but i mean who wouldnt wan them to e on thereAvatar Imagepotterforpresident says: Well deserved indeed.Avatar ImagePhylis says: Wonderful!Avatar Imagejoelface says: Awesome!Avatar Imageleigia says: Am pleased to see the books making the lists. What JKR did for the world is truly priceless, encouraging children to read books that are good as well as entertaining. Makes me wonder if we will ever see something like this again in my lifetime.Avatar ImageARION says: Shocker! Didn't seen that coming. Heh. ;DAvatar Imagesessionka says: Well.... duh... :-) I think singling out GOF has to do with it being the first to have a release party!!! I remember taking my nephew!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I would find myself definitely surprised to see the books excluded from these lists, considering the force they have exerted on the general culture and especially the literary world over the last decade. Although many may contend they are merely passing popular culture fads, the fact of popularity does not necessarily mean a diminished quality. The fact of the matter is that these books will become classics and be considered some of the finest books written at the beginning of this century.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: "the fourth Potter novel was the darkest yet, forcing poor Harry to contend with Death Eaters run amok and the loss of a major character." Hmm, don't know I'd classify Diggory as a major character. Important to the story and an all around nice guy, yes, but major character? Anyway, the list is to be as expected. Rowling should rule the 2000's!!Avatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: Nice. I LOVE IT!! :)Avatar ImageSwizzle says: that's awesome!! yeah!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: not a surpirseAvatar ImageFresca says: Congratulations to JKR! The HPstories are sure to stand the test of time, and I am proud to be a Potter Maniac! Avatar Imagealicia00 says: she diserved it she worked supper had for 10 years to right thies book that the hole world craves i mean it unbeleveable !!!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: These books diserve it totally, im so happy that Jo is getting the reconigtion she deservesAvatar Imageharrygetsme says: well of course! there's no doubt in my mind that jo deserves this honor. and i completely agree about the fact that harry appeals to so many different genres and has a little something for everyone; that's why it's sold so many copies and generated suck fandom....Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: of course they are! well deserved! Avatar Imagewing says: congratulationsAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: The "noughties"? I believe that the first decade of a century is usually referred to as the "aughts" (somewhat archaic English term for "zeroes").Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: I have to show this to all those people who still thing that harry Potter is nothing but a fad. Take that NOW!Avatar Imagekyramp says: Well deserved! How could they not?Avatar Imagesanjuangelina says: Superb!!! JKR you are the best Avatar ImageFifi says: Yay! Congrats Jo and HP! I'm surprised they aren't first in everything, but being in the Top 10 is big enough. :D And I can't believe HP has outpaced LotR!*SQUEEE*Avatar Imagealegria35 says: It's expected, but we are still happy about it. Avatar Imagewing says: congratulationsAvatar ImageQueenFergie says: Ah, not at all surprised. Well done to Jo!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: awesome! definitely deserved! makes me proud to be a potter-maniac :]Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: What a surprise!Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Congrats to JK for her fantastic series of Harry Potter in which this world will never be the same. Jo has inspired so many to read, including myself. Thank you Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Entertainment Weekly said "the fourth Potter novel was the darkest yet, forcing poor Harry to contend with Death Eaters run amok and the loss of a major character." The description doesn't fit!! The Death Eaters run amok would refer mostly to the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban with the Death Eaters at Hogwarts!! The fifth book, Order of the Phoenix, would be the other possability with the Death Eaters attacking Harry & Dudley. In the Goblet of Fire Harry doen't deal with Death Eaters, or at least not to my memory!!! As far as "the loss of a major character" in PoA nobody died. In GoF we lost Cederic but he wouldn't be considered a "major character", but in OotP Sirius died and he IS a "major character." I think Entertainment Weekly should proof their work a little better!!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar Imageexpelliarmus9 says: best of the century maybe!?!?!? Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Woop woop! :)Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Congrats!!!Avatar Imageccking says: They deserve an eternal place of honors on that list !!!Avatar Imageccking says: They deserve an eternal place of honors on that list !!!Avatar Imageccking says: They deserve an eternal place of honors on that list !!!Avatar Imageccking says: They deserve an eternal place of honors on that list !!!

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