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Celebrating 15 years of Harry Potter magic

Philosopher facts!

Fifteen fascinating facts about the first Harry Potter novel
 

1. The Signature edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is 1.5cm thick. A stack of 9000 copies would be as high as the London Eye.

2. A stack of 1 million copies would be 15,000 metres tall which is almost twice the height of Mount Everest!

3. The Signature edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is 19.7cm long. If you laid all the copies sold throughout the world end to end they would stretch further than the distance from London to Sydney.

4. The new Olympic stadium has a seating capacity of 80,000. You would be able to fill the stadium 1,125 times if you were to give everyone seated one copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from the amount sold worldwide.

5. There are 223 pages in the Signature edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. If you were to read a page a day for fifteen years you would be able to read the entire novel 24 and a half times.

6. If you were to read a page every hour for fifteen years you would be able to read the entire novel 589 times.

7. An anagram of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is - He hopes hard not to prosper at Slytherin.

8. There are 1,100,086 words in the entire Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone contains only 7% of the entire word count with 77,674 words.

9. Bloomsbury’s initial hardback print run of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 was a tiny 500 copies.

10. The name Harry Potter appears 29 times in the main text of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, whilst Voldemort appears more often with 38 mentions!

11. The sign for Platform 9 and three quarters is the only thing to appear on both the original and new covers of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It appears on the front cover of the original and the back cover of the latest edition.

12. Harry doesn’t say anything in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as he is only a baby. His first word in the novel comes in the second chapter and is ‘nearly’.

13. Harry enters Hogwarts in Chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the first teacher he meets in the school is Professor McGonagall.

14. Harry and Ron meet for the first time on page 70 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone between platforms nine and ten at King’s Cross. Harry meets Hermione for the first time on page 79 as they travel on the Hogwarts Express.

15. In a recent poll for Bloomsbury Professor Severus Snape was voted the favourite Harry Potter character from the books. Harry came in fourth place after Hermione Granger at No.2 and Sirius Black at No. 3.

 

 


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