Thursday, September 02, 2004

Harry Potter wins press award in China with a million copies sold last year
Popular around the global, Harry Potter, the boy wizard from England, had his magic in China as well, selling a total of 1.1 million copies of his new story in 2003.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" brought a sales of 5.9 million yuan (about 713,000 US dollars) across the country last year, helping its Chinese publisher, the People's Publishing House, get an award from the State Press Authority on Thursday. Since 2000, when the first Harry Potter novel was brought to China, British author J.K. Rowling's stories of the broom-riding wizard have been read by millions of Chinese fans.
More than 10,000 copies of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" were sold on the first day the Chinese version was put on shelves last September, setting a national record for daily sales.
"It is more than a book about magic," said Liu Yushan, director of the People's Publishing House. "The human elements of the story have touched many Chinese readers."
Again congradulations to our beloved author J.K. Rowling, from fans around the world.

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