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Datum: 23.07.2007 22:33
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Millions of speed-readers now know the truth about the fate of their
favorite boy wizard.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final tome in the
spell-casting series, smashed records over the weekend, to become the
fastest selling book in history, publisher Scholastic Inc. said Monday.

Within 24 hours of its release Friday at midnight, Deathly Hallows had
moved 8.3 million copies in the United States alone, averaging more
than 300,000 copies an hourčthat's 5,000 a minute.

Deathly Hallows easily edged out J.K. Rowling's last release, Harry
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which sold 6.9 million copies in its
first 24 hours. In Great Britain, Deathly Hallows sold 2.65 million
copies, beating out Half-Blood Prince's record of 2 million.

Amazon.com reported that a record 2.2 million preorders had been placed
for the book, while Borders notched its highest sales day ever, with
1.2 million Deathly Hallows sold in its 1,200 stores worldwide on the
first day of release.

Even allowing for discounts off the cover price of $34.99 (for example,
Amazon.com listed it at $17.99), the book brought in more than $250
million. In comparison, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has
earned $207.5 million domestically since debuting atop the box office
last weekend.

As countless muggles frantically flip through the book's 759 pages,
Harry Potter's alter ego has other things to celebrate.

Daniel Radcliffe marked his 18th birthday Monday and gained access to a
reported $40 million fortune. (His publicist's office claims estimates
of the teen star's wealth have been overblown.)


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