LOS ANGELES —For the seventh and final time, Harry Potter cast his irresistible magic on an entire country of readers. J.K. Rowling’s concluding novel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", sold a record-shattering 8.3 million copies – over 100 books per second – in its first 24 hours on
Released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, the book easily generated more revenue than this month’s opening of the movie “Harry Potter and the Order of the
Scholastic prepared for the record-breaking night by printing 12 million copies of the book, but acknowledged that even so, many bookstores had already run out.
The previous record for most books sold on opening day was held by Rowling’s sixth work "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", which sold almost 7 million copies.
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