Publisher Scholastic said Wednesday that the book script to the London stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of sales.
Although that number falls short of the 8.3 million copies sold within the first 24 hours when the fantasy series’ then-presumed finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007, it’s still an unprecedented number for a script book and is on track to becoming the bestselling book of the year.
The book script of The Cursed Child, a play by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, went on sale at bookstores nationwide at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016.
“Eager fans of all ages gathered at midnight parties in bookstores and libraries to get their copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, bringing communities together to celebrate the magic of reading and the power of great storytelling,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. “It’s an incredible start and all the signs are indicating continued strong sales for this exciting release.”
Although the Cursed Child has received mixed reviews since its release, the book is currently atop the charts at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Several previous Rowling books also reached high on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble lists in recent days.
The Cursed Child has also had just as much popularity in the United Kingdom as it has in North America. The British publisher Little, Brown Book Group announced that over 680,000 print copies sold in the first three days in the U.K. No hardcover had sold so quickly in the U.K. since Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in 2009.
Scholastic notes that to date the first seven Harry Potter books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide and are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages.
The latest installment of Harry Potter’s adventures premiered at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End on July 30, 2016 and has since received rave 5 star reviews.