Monday, February 9, 2009

J.K. Rowling


Today we celebrate J.K.Rowling as a Hero of Capitalism for transforming her intellectual property into world-wide wealth. What began in 1990 as an idea about "a young boy attending a school of wizardry" has, nearly two decades later, become a world phenomenon.

Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997 with an initial print-run of 1000 copies. With much of the story in mind, Rowling continued to write and published three subsequent books in three consecutive years: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1998; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 1999; and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000. According to Wikipedia, Goblet of Fire broke sales records in both the U.K. and the U.S. - selling 372,775 copies in its first day on bookshelves in the U.K. and over 3 million copies in the first 48 hours in the U.S.

The three volumes that followed - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005; and Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, 2007 - each shattered the previous sales record - the final two books in the series each sold, in their opening day, 9 million and 11 million copies, respectively.

In addition to the success of Rowling's novels, the Harry Potter series has continued to make its mark in cinema. Rowling's first five novels have already hit the big screen; the sixth and seventh are currently in production with tentative release dates extending into May 2011. In all, the Harry Potter empire is estimated to be worth over $15 billion.

"In a time when children were thought to be abandoning books for television and computers...", J.K.Rowling's innovative approach to childrens literature may have very well changed the course of history.

Sources:

Wikipedia-J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter
J.K.Rowling Official Site
OneIndia (picture)

2 comments:

Mrs. Reed said...

Don't forget about all the figures, books about the movies, and other paraphernalia surrounding the Harry Potter phenomena!

UNRR said...

This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 2/10/2009, at The Unreligious Right