The first Potter book, The Philosopher’s Stone/The Sorcerer’s Stone celebrates the 20th anniversary since it was first published this year. To celebrate, the British Library in London, alongside author J.K. Rowling’s U.K. publishers, are putting on a special exhibition to celebrate 20 years of the boy wizard. If that wasn’t enough, the first book in Harry’s journey to defeating Voldemort has been given new book covers for the occasion, too.
Well, it might be 20 years old, but Harry Potter‘s popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
According to Amazon Chart, a new feature designed by the online retail giant to track what people are actually reading as well as buying, six of the seven Potter books are in the “most read” section (the figures are looked at daily from Kindle and Audible users). The only of Rowling popular children’s novels not to crack the top 20 is the boy wizard’s second outing, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Meanwhile, The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows are all in the top 20, with the fifth book — some might say rather controversially — currently sitting at number six on the list, the highest position of any of the books.
As our friends Entertainment Weekly note, however, the Potter books are not in the bestsellers lists. Rather, at the time of writing, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian thriller The Handmaid’s Tale is at the top of the list.
What this proves, then, is that J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series is still very popular with readers, but that many are re-reading the novels again. It’s also important to note that the novels are included in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which means that those signed up can “rent” the books for free.
All that aside, however, it’s still pretty interesting and awe inspiring to see that, 20 years later, the Harry Potter books are as beloved and read as much as they were when they first became a worldwide phenomenon. Some might say it was magical…