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

Posted by: sue
December 05, 2009, 09:58 AM

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." 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."


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2422 Points

I have to show this to all those people who still thing that harry Potter is nothing but a fad. Take that NOW!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on December 07, 2009, 06:53 AM report to moderator
261 Points

Well deserved! How could they not?

Posted by kyramp on December 07, 2009, 08:10 AM report to moderator
508 Points

Superb!!! JKR you are the best

Posted by Sanju on December 07, 2009, 09:02 AM report to moderator
4056 Points

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

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on December 07, 2009, 02:48 PM report to moderator
428 Points

It’s expected, but we are still happy about it.

Posted by alegria35 on December 07, 2009, 03:45 PM report to moderator
1742 Points


Posted by wing on December 07, 2009, 07:58 PM report to moderator
131 Points

Ah, not at all surprised. Well done to Jo!

Posted by QueenFergie on December 07, 2009, 08:37 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

awesome! definitely deserved! makes me proud to be a potter-maniac :]

Posted by levi-OH-sa, not levio-SA [neville♥myhero] on December 08, 2009, 04:29 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

What a surprise!

Posted by Won_Two on December 08, 2009, 08:50 AM report to moderator
3417 Points

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on December 08, 2009, 11:45 AM report to moderator
3417 Points

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!!!!

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on December 08, 2009, 12:03 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

Woop woop! :)

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on December 08, 2009, 01:26 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

Woop woop! :)

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on December 08, 2009, 01:26 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

Woop woop! :)

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on December 08, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
134 Points

best of the century maybe!?!?!?

Posted by expelliarmus9 on December 08, 2009, 06:55 PM report to moderator
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