Pre-book sales break records and children celebrate!
The popular book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," were taken off the shelves and put into the hands of children and adults at 12:01 Midnight, July 8th, 2000, in the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Kids and their parents waited patiently to get the fourth Harry Book. This book has broken a printing record of 2.5 million copies, to 3.8 million copies printed before the book even went on sale.
On, Friday, July 7, 2000, Bookland set out a sum of 75 books out for sale one day before anyone else. The owner stated he didn't have a contract with Scholastic Books, so wasn't worried about selling them too early. The owner chuckled to himself as he watched a ten year old boy start the book. Its amazing that children would rather read than play Nintendo or play outside. Arthur Levine, the editor of Harry Potter, said, "Harry appeals to the part in each of us that wishes to be discovered."
Barnes and Noble put together some activities for children to celebrate the new Harry Potter book, "The Goblet of Fire," Festivities included Hogwarts cocoa, "Go to the Land Where Harry Lives" sweepstakes, The Harry Potter Book Club and to top it all off a Midnight party the morning the fourth book went on sale.
The Stockton Public Library ordered 73 copies of the new Harry Potter book and had 170 people on their waiting list. Peaches Ehrich said, "These books are creating readers out of nonreaders." Jane Cook said, "Theyre a whole lot of fun.
Many kids say they see a little bit of Harry Potter in themselves. And after all, the situations that Harry gets into have a bit of real life, as well as fantasy in them.
The reason Harry Potter is as popular for parents and kids is obvious; you dont have to read the book just to know that its great for kids and adults, too. If you can get a kid, or a parent for that matter, to want to read a 700-page book instead of watching TV or playing video games, then thats definitely proof! Jane Cook says, "Theyve stimulated such an interest in childrens books and brought a lot of children back to print."
And everyone here at Harry Potter Revealed thinks that is true.
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