The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sales are mind-boggling

Readers celebrate the new Harry Potter book.
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For a minute there in 2012, it seemed unfathomable that any book would beat selling 664,478 copies in a single week, a record held by E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Then again, one should never doubt J.K. Rowling's ability to smash records.

In the United Kingdom, the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has already exceeded sales of 680,000 copies in just three days, making it the fastest-selling book this decade, or since the last Harry Potter book was released. In the United States, the script has sold 2 million print copies in 48 hours, according to publisher Scholastic. In both the U.S. and the U.K., it appears The Cursed Child's sales will fall short of the 2007 sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which sold 8.3 million in the U.S. and 2.7 million in the U.K. in the first 24 hours.

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