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

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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."

Canada.com 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."

Phew!

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55 Comments

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355 Points

I’d be shocked if the books weren’t on some of the lists! :O
Nah, I’m really happy, it’s really great that they keep getting this kind of attention, and they totally deserve it (by they I mean the books and their author).

Posted by Lisbry on December 05, 2009, 10:13 AM report to moderator
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5550 Points

Perfect :) Cheers to Jo!

Posted by on December 05, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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38 Points

Not only has she given the gift of reading to children (I’m forever grateful that the books turned my step-son onto reading) but she also gave hope for other authors out there, showed that you can start from nothing and create success for yourself. Her story is truly an inspiring one.

Posted by PeachyMomo on December 05, 2009, 10:54 AM report to moderator
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8876 Points

It is not surprizing but, it’s always cool to read that JKR or HP are so often in so many best of lists … I have to say that I’m a little surprized how GOF seems to top many of the lists here, I hadnt thought it was the biggest or best of the HP books (although, all seven books are so great & so big that it’s almost impossible to choose between them)
yay for JKR and HP :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on December 05, 2009, 11:18 AM report to moderator
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2200 Points

i reality i think even when it comes to 2099 be ranking as the best books of the century

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on December 05, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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1925 Points

I would be surpirsed if she didnt make the list.

Posted by Parkinsonpansy on December 05, 2009, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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240 Points

Awesome. Take that, Twilgiht.

Posted by Scribbled [WBM] on December 05, 2009, 01:43 PM report to moderator
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2482 Points

Not unexpected, really. I wouldn’t be surprised if they said that JK Rowling is THE writer of the century.

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on December 05, 2009, 01:46 PM report to moderator
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2482 Points

@vespasian68967: maybe they’ve got confused between GoF and HBP?? I guess… But I’m not sure. Diggory wasn’t a major character, that’s sure.

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on December 05, 2009, 01:49 PM report to moderator
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102 Points

Awesome! :D

Posted by Odd sock on December 05, 2009, 01:51 PM report to moderator
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3271 Points

Congrats to Jo and to HP!! It really has changed the lives of many readers, including mine. It has brought about young readers to read again and enjoy it! :) These books will become classics and no matter what, will always be around.

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on December 05, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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478 Points

im really not shocked…Harry Potter isnt “just a really good book series”
it’s the best damn book series :)

Posted by ProfessorAlice on December 05, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator
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354 Points

How could they not make the list? To me they are the best books ever written. (and I read a lot!)

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on December 05, 2009, 08:28 PM report to moderator
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619 Points

awesomely awesome!!! but i mean who wouldnt wan them to e on there

Posted by ron rocks WBM on December 05, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator
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310 Points

Well deserved indeed.

Posted by accioangela on December 05, 2009, 10:53 PM report to moderator
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