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Harry Potter Novels Make USA Today List of Top Books of the 2000s

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Posted by: Edward
December 23, 2009, 11:39 PM

Novels from the Harry Potter series by author J. K. Rowling have been included in six of the ten spots on USA Today's list of the Top Ten Books of the 2000s.  Miss Rowling's novels placed along side the popular Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code on this list.  The paper notes:

Human readers made it a big decade for novels about wizards, vampires and a Harvard symbologist. Two series for kids with "crossover" appeal to grown-ups —J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight— swept nine of the top 10 spots on USA TODAY's best-selling books of the decade. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is No. 2.

Rowling was a best seller before 2000, when third book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [sic] sold a record 3 million copies its first weekend.

By 2007's release of the finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, speculation about Harry's death (unfounded) rose to levels not seen since Charles Dickens' 19th-century serials. A record 8.3 million copies sold in a day.
The article goes on to make mention of the linked successes of the film adaptations of these novels, and quotes Publishers Lunch founder Michael Cader as saying, "They opened as big or bigger than the most anticipated movies, with pre-orders and opening-night parties, which spilled over to other books."

The full top ten list by USA Today is as follows:
1. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
2. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
4. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
6. Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
9. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

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74 Comments

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Harry Potter. <3

Posted by LadySidi on December 24, 2009, 02:23 PM report to moderator
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the only reason Twilight got the top spot is because it’s the most recent. I still believe that the HP should of got the top spot and can’t believe the POA didn’t make.

Posted by Anna Weasley on December 24, 2009, 03:11 PM report to moderator
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The only reason Twilight got the top spot is because it’s the most recent. I still believe that the HP should of got the top spot and can’t believe the POA didn’t make, and i never understood the allure of the DaVinic code

Posted by Anna Weasley on December 24, 2009, 03:14 PM report to moderator
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156 Points

The only reason Twilight got the top spot is because it’s the most recent. I still believe that the HP should of got the top spot and can’t believe the POA didn’t make, and i never understood the allure of the DaVinic code.

Posted by Anna Weasley on December 24, 2009, 03:15 PM report to moderator
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156 Points

The only reason Twilight got the top spot is because it’s the most recent. I still believe that the HP should of got the top spot and can’t believe the POA didn’t make, and i never understood the allure of the DaVinic code.

Posted by Anna Weasley on December 24, 2009, 03:16 PM report to moderator
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156 Points

The only reason Twilight got the top spot is because it’s the most recent. I still believe that the HP should of got the top spot and can’t believe the POA didn’t make, and i never understood the allure of the DaVinic code.

Posted by Anna Weasley on December 24, 2009, 03:29 PM report to moderator
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damn, we lost to twilight, although there are 3 more books than meyer wrote

Posted by expelliarmus9 on December 24, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! I’m kinda surprised that DH didn’t get higher… or at least get the top spot over Twilight. But I’m still glad for Jo and Harry!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on December 24, 2009, 04:04 PM report to moderator
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Twilight should not be over HP…but whatever…at least we know that the Twi series isn’t nearly as good as HP. Congrats Jo!!! You totally deserved to be #1!!! <3

Posted by theREALGinnyWeasley on December 24, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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not liking the fact that twilight made number one. but. whatever. Harry Potter and Jo are number one on my list.

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on December 24, 2009, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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WTF!! Twilight on # 1?!

Posted by lilyluna on December 24, 2009, 05:52 PM report to moderator
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i agree, this can’t be correct. twilight hasn’t even been on most sales lists for the decade, because it came so late. weird.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on December 24, 2009, 06:15 PM report to moderator
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RIDDIKULUS

Posted by lilyluna on December 24, 2009, 06:26 PM report to moderator
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436 Points

Twilight? Seriously? Not in my house.

Posted by Eeyore on December 24, 2009, 06:27 PM report to moderator
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Sorry, but I just don’t trust this list. The Telegraph’s was good (JKR was first or near the top, and Terry Pratchett was too).

I’ll wait until the New York Times releases a more accurate list…

Posted by redwall_hp on December 24, 2009, 07:04 PM report to moderator
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