THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fastest Selling Book in History is Published

Harry Potter covers from around the world; the series has been translated into more than 80 languages.

On June 21, 2003, the fastest-selling book in history, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling, went on sale at midnight in Britain, the U.S., Australia, Canada and many other countries. Five million copies were sold the first day. It was the fifth in Rowling’s series about the young wizard Harry Potter.

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. Each in the series has sold 65 million or more copies. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.

The series has been translated into 80 languages, placing Harry Potter among history’s most translated literary works. The last four books in the Potter series consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books of all time. The final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold roughly 15,000,000 copies worldwide within 24 hours of its release. With 12 million books printed in the first U.S. run, it also holds the record for the highest initial print run for any book in history.