August 3, 2016


'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Book Sold 2 Million Copies in Two Days


The Harry Potter pandemonium has officially begun! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released on July 31, and is already breaking records. Scholastic revealed the script book sold more than 2 million copies in North America in its first two days alone.

Across the pond, Cursed Child sold more than 680,000 copies in just three days. This makes it the fastest-selling book in the U.K. since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was released in 2007. The final novel in the series sold 8.3 million in the U.S. and 2.7 million in the U.K. in the first 24 hours.

Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic Trade, shared in a statement:

“Eager fans of all ages gathered at midnight parties in bookstores and libraries to get their copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, bringing communities together to celebrate the magic of reading and the power of great storytelling. It’s an incredible start and all the signs are indicating continued strong sales for this exciting release.”

While J.K. Rowling says she doesn't plan to write any more novels, the Harry Potter world will continue with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, will premiere Nov. 18, 2016.

Keep the Harry Potter fandom going by reading a third grader's pick for the series' best moments, and listening to an episode of Fuse's Back of the Class podcast for a Cursed Child chat below: