Time-Turner Tuesday: Order of the Phoenix becomes fastest selling book ever on its release

Our second Time-Turner Tuesday post comes from a CBBC Newsround article (via the archives of Snitchseeker.com) from 23rd June 2003, 2 days after the release of the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The article breaks the news that the book has become the fastest selling on record.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fastest-selling book ever.

Five million copies of the book were sold in the US in the first day. One million were sold in Britain, more than twice as many as Prisoner of Azkaban sold in its first year!

It’s smashed records as fans all over the world race to get their hands on book five.

One US bookstore, a branch of Barnes and Noble, said the book was flying off their shelves at a rate of more than 80 per second!


It looks like OOTP is going to be 10 times more popular than the Goblet Of Fire, their spokesman said.

All around the UK, booksellers have described the mayhem surrounding OOTP as “barmy” and “manic”.

Bookshops everywhere opened their doors at midnight on Friday so the desperate fans could get hold of the book as soon as it went on sale.

You can read the whole thing right here. Come back next week to reminisce on another special something from ‘Potter’ history.

Posted by on February 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm.

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