Every time we think of Harry Potter we can’t help but think of the success in epic proportions achieved by the boy wizard, born from the imagination of the wonderful J.K. Rowling.
Below we have summarised all the most important “magic numbers” that have helped to make Harry Potter one of the most popular sagas of all time for young and old.
For Harry Potter it all started in the 90s!
A disconsolate and depressed Rowling, at the time known only to friends and family as Joanne, finished her first manuscript in 1995 and immediately devoted herself to finding a publishing house. It wasn’t until two years later, in 1997, that she found one that would publish her masterpiece: Bloomsbury. The conclusion of the final book in the series was much more recent, dating back to 2007.
Between the books and the movies, Harry Potter’s numbers are astronomical
In just 10 years Rowling has created a true publishing and cultural phenomenon, selling a total of 450 million copies. Moreover, her books have been translated into 77 different languages including ancient Greek and Latin. To fully appreciate the true proportions of Rowling’s literary success, if we placed the 20 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that sold in just the first few hours post-release on top of one another, they would reach 90 times the height of Everest! The success of the films is also staggering: the first in the series, released in 2001, grossed $974 at the world box office, and the remaining 7 films weren’t far behind with a combined total of $7.7 billion around the world. If this isn’t enough for the critics out there, it might be interesting to emphasise that each film in the saga is among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time. One person who made a significant profit from Harry Potter’s cinematic success is Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays the protagonist, and it’s thanks to this boy wizard that he pocketed $110 million. Still, this figure is nothing compared to the exorbitant sum collected by Rowling following the sale of her books: almost a billion dollars in total, a large part of which was donated to charity.
But there really is a magic number in Harry Potter
Among all these dizzying numbers there is one that frequently repeats itself within the pages of all the Harry Potter books: 7, the magic number. Seven as in the number of books, the school years at Hogwarts, the number of floors at the school, Harry’s Quidditch number, the number of players on a Quidditch team, and who knows how many other occurrences may have missed!
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