Harry Potter Play sells two million copies in two days


The script of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two,” currently playing in London, sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication. The play is described succinctly as  “The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.”

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J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

In its latest hourly update, Amazon lists the play, based on a J.K. Rowling story and co-written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, as the number 1 bestseller overall.

It also puts the play in all three top slots for their “Dramas and Plays” list of bestsellers, and then again in the sixth slot. (for the various editions, such as hardcover and Kindle.)

It’s interesting to see what evergreen bestselling play scripts it has pushed down the list. (The specific editions that sell the best tend to be the least expensive.)
4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child again.

7. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

8. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

9. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

10. Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller


The only other theater-related book in the top 100 bestselling books overall is, of course, Hamilton: The Revolution, holding steady as number 38.


Scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theater in London.
Scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theater in London.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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