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

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." 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."


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276 Points

Am pleased to see the books making the lists. What JKR did for the world is truly priceless, encouraging children to read books that are good as well as entertaining. Makes me wonder if we will ever see something like this again in my lifetime.

Posted by leigia on December 06, 2009, 02:29 AM report to moderator
52 Points

Shocker! Didn’t seen that coming. Heh. ;D

Posted by ARION on December 06, 2009, 03:03 AM report to moderator
924 Points

Well…. duh… :-)

I think singling out GOF has to do with it being the first to have a release party!!!
I remember taking my nephew!!!

Posted by sessionka oom4 CW on December 06, 2009, 03:28 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

I would find myself definitely surprised to see the books excluded from these lists, considering the force they have exerted on the general culture and especially the literary world over the last decade. Although many may contend they are merely passing popular culture fads, the fact of popularity does not necessarily mean a diminished quality. The fact of the matter is that these books will become classics and be considered some of the finest books written at the beginning of this century.

Posted by Kirk on December 06, 2009, 03:37 AM report to moderator
590 Points

“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.”

Hmm, don’t know I’d classify Diggory as a major character. Important to the story and an all around nice guy, yes, but major character?

Anyway, the list is to be as expected. Rowling should rule the 2000’s!!

Posted by vespasian68967 on December 06, 2009, 03:43 AM report to moderator
298 Points

Nice. I LOVE IT!! :)

Posted by MikeMagpuyo on December 06, 2009, 06:13 AM report to moderator
118 Points

that’s awesome!! yeah!

Posted by Swizzle on December 06, 2009, 07:54 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

not a surpirse

Posted by The Nerd on December 06, 2009, 09:28 AM report to moderator
4208 Points

Congratulations to JKR! The HPstories are sure to stand the test of time, and I am proud to be a Potter Maniac!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on December 06, 2009, 11:26 AM report to moderator
1420 Points

she diserved it she worked supper had for 10 years to right thies book that the hole world craves i mean it unbeleveable !!!

Posted by alicia00 on December 06, 2009, 02:18 PM report to moderator
2570 Points

These books diserve it totally, im so happy that Jo is getting the reconigtion she deserves

Posted by madman1277 on December 06, 2009, 04:58 PM report to moderator
3187 Points

well of course! there’s no doubt in my mind that jo deserves this honor. and i completely agree about the fact that harry appeals to so many different genres and has a little something for everyone; that’s why it’s sold so many copies and generated suck fandom….

Posted by harrygetsme on December 06, 2009, 09:41 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

of course they are! well deserved!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 07, 2009, 02:56 AM report to moderator
1742 Points


Posted by wing on December 07, 2009, 03:53 AM report to moderator
10268 Points

The “noughties”? I believe that the first decade of a century is usually referred to as the “aughts” (somewhat archaic English term for “zeroes”).

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on December 07, 2009, 05:45 AM report to moderator
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