Once again Harry Potter hits a record. In fact, according to Scholastic and the Guinness World Record keepers and Twitter the last decade has been a great one for J.K. Rolwing, the books and movies and a certain young actress.
Accord to the Guinness World Record keepers for the last decade, the record for the 'Highest Earnings for a Children's Author' is held by the one and only J.K. Rowling. According to the web site:
With each book in the series proving progressively more successful than the last, and with each inspiring a highly successful movie in its turn, Rowling has become, by some margin, the most successful author of children’s books.
Also, Ms. Emma Watson holds the record for 'The Highest Grossing Actress in the 2000s':
As of June 2008, Emma Watson (UK) has starred in six movies and grossed an average of $753,700,000 (£554,880,000) per movie – the highest average box-office gross for an actress.
In addition to that news, Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series just released the news that the last decade (2000-2009) was definitely the decade for Potter:
Some of the achievements include:
July 8, 2000 -- 3.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
June 21, 2003 -- 6.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
July 16, 2005 --10.8 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
July 17, 2005 --6.9 million – copies sold in the first 24 hours following the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, breaking all publishing records.
August 1 & 2, 2006 -- 2 sold-out nights of Harry, Carrie & Garp. J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and John Irving read and answered questions for fans at Radio City Music Hall, benefiting Doctors without Borders and The Haven Foundation.
July 21, 2007 --12 million – the record-breaking initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
July 22, 2007 --8.3 million – copies sold in the first 24 hours following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, breaking all industry records.
August 2, 2007 -- 11.5 million – copies sold in the first 10 days following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
October 15-19, 2007 -- 2,000 – books signed by J.K. Rowling at each of four free events on the Open Book Tour, where J.K. Rowling read, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and answered questions at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, the New Orleans Convention Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
September 20, 2009 -- 228 weeks Harry Potter spent on The New York Times bestseller list.
And finally, the Harry Potter movies was in the number one spot on Twitter’s top Trending Topics. Filling out the top 10 were: New Moon, District 9, Paranormal Activity, Star Trek, True Blood, Transformers 2, Watchmen, Slumdog Millionaire and finally G.I. Joe
UPDATE: Thanks to TLC and SS for letting us know that Total Film designated the Potter movies as the 'Franchise of the Decade' in their special year end issue. The special issue will feature 10 different versions of their cover, with Harry Potter on the eight cover. The magazine will also feature Rupert Grint dressed as Napoleon Dynamite, one of his favorite film characters.
Expect additional lists to pop up as we end 2009.