You Can(not) Carpet Brazil in Harry Potter Books (Infographic)

Harry Potter is a publishing phenomenon which has no equal, but have you ever wondered just how big it is?

How about, the final installment sold 11 million copies in its first day. Or, this series was the first children’s books on the NY Times bestseller’s list since E.B White’s Charlotte’s Web (1952). And over 16 thousand kids tried out for the role of Harry Potter.

This infographic should give you some idea.

Update: At least one of the stats on this infographic is wrong, so I’d be careful about trusting the rest.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Jon Jermey24 May, 2012

    Someone has been having a lend of you, as we say in Oz.

    Area of Brazil: roughly 8.5 trillion square metres
    Area of a book: around 250 square centimetres = one-fortieth of a square metre.

    It would take about 320 trillion Harry Potter books to cover Brazil, — that’s 40,000 books for every human inhabitant of planet Earth.

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 May, 2012



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