Harry Potter by the Numbers: 1,084,170

Your indispensable morning factoid and invaluable follow-on information! Here are the number of words in the Harry Potter novels and comparisons with the word counts of other well-known works.

Quantity is not quality, of course, but don’t make the mistake of neglecting that quantity is one quality — and not an unimportant one. If your spoon at breakfast weighed thity five pounds, you might have had less oatmeal.

So, how many words are there in Harry Potter? More than a million. Via WordCounter.net

  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? There are 76,944 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? There are 85,141 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? There are 107,253 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? There are 190,637 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? There are 257,045 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? There are 168,923 words.
  • How many words are in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? There are 198,227 words.

The Harry Potter books contain 1,084,170 words

Order of the Phoenix is 1/4 of the total, just a tad short of the first three books’ word counts combined.

More to the point, any class requiring students to read the series before registering is setting a million word point-of-entry.

I’m pretty sure that’s a unique threshold outside of Old Testament studies in Divinity School.


Other Word Counts for Famous Novels as Points of Reference —  Via CommonPlaceBook.com

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BBC1 ‘Career of Evil’ Trailer Released

Anyone else think that the BBC’s Jeff Whittaker favors Keith Richards?

Anyone else wonder why we don’t get even the hint of a wedding in Massham? of Elin?

Anyone else wish that Robert Glennister, the voice of the audio books, could speak for all the characters in this teevee adaptation, especially for Cormoran Strike?

Should we expect a publication date for Lethal White in the run-up to this release or in the aftermath?

The show will premiere Sunday, 25 February, in the UK (and maybe in the US the next day if our friend in Iraq who has posted them on YouTube in the past follows through). 

Lemmeno what you think of the trailer hints and teases in the comment boxes below! We’ll be writing about Career and Lethal White in the coming week to get you ready.

Who is Jonny Rokeby? Five-Part Series Review and Round-Up:Three Take Aways

HogwartsProfessor has posted ChrisC’s thoughts about the literary and mythological roots of Jonny Rokeby and Charlotte Campbell the last five days. Here are my three take-away thoughts on the subject, and, after the jump, there is a one-stop round-up of links to the five parts of the series. Thank you, ChrisC, for your Guest Posts!

(1) The Duke Ellington-Doctor Faustus Link is an Over Reach. Fun, though!

I love a literary puzzle, right? And Rowling is a puzzle writer. Check out this brief passage about Robin from Career of Evil:

Quite suddenly, she experienced one of those jolts of excitement with which she had become familiar since starting work for Strike, and which were the immediate reward of looking for a tiny piece of information that might mean something, nothing, or, occasionally, everything. (p 90, cf., pp 249, 402)

 I think what Brian Boyd describes in Nabokov as the “magic of artistic discovery” which that author goes to great effort to bring to the reader is perhaps the single greatest link between Rowling and the “writer I really love.” Robin’s excitement about finding a clue, the secret entry to what really happened, is a parallel with what we are supposed to be doing and feeling as readers engaged in a contest with author and text to discover the greater reality not yet visible in the plot details and character musings.

Having said that, moving from a picture of Jonny Rokeby and Duke Ellington (and other men) and then making a link between the character Rokeby and Marlowe’s Faust because Ellington once wrote a score for Orson Welles’ Faust just won’t work.

For one thing, despite the reference provided via an embedded link, it’s doubtful Ellington wrote a musical score for Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. The 1950 Welles event in Frankfurt for which Ellington wrote music, ‘An Evening with Orson Welles,’ was not Marlowe per se but the actor’s “own version of ‘Faust’ (based on material by Marlowe, Milton and Dante).” It was a variety hour for servicemen including songs by Eartha Kitt — one with her playing ‘Helen of Troy perhaps a nod to Faust– rather than a production of the Marlowe drama per se— which play was not a musical, right? [Read more…]

Name That JKR Twitter Header Ceiling!

Three Notes for Valentines Day (beyond ‘Will You Be Mine?’):

(1) We have a new header on the Rowling Twitter page. She has written that the headers reflect her current thinking. We cannot speculate with even the pretense of knowing what we’re talking about, though, if we don’t know anything about the picture. This architecture-and-art-history know-nothing asks for your help; do you recognize the ceiling pictured above?

Update: We have a winner! Oxford’s Beatrice Groves has recognized it as “the ceiling of St Mary Undercroft in the Houses of Parliament.

Read all about that sacred space in the locus of UK government here and here.

So, why would Rowling be thinking about St. Mary’s as she finishes up (we pray) the last pages of Lethal White? My fantastical, hope-laden guess is that it is where Cormoran and Big Daddy Rokeby have their third meeting and a confrontation echoing the Black Mass baptism in Goblet’s ‘Little Hanngleton Graveyard. Your thoughts on that stretch?

(2)  Please note that the several controversies celebrated in the Potter blogosphere as Rowling’s liberal children turning against her for supposed failings in principle with respect to LGBTQ+ representation and violence against women have resulted in a net gain of 200,000 twitter followers for The Presence since the crisis began. That mute button she’s pushing seems to be helping her cause.

(3) I never did post anything about the previous header (below) because, well, what was there to be said? Stack of books still-life. Maybe she was writing novels for a change? Let’s hope.  Your best guesses on the old and new Twitter headers are welcome in the comment boxes below!

Update 2: And, hold on, she changed her insert photo on the header in less than a day. We went from sultry goddess to friend-next-door selfie in the blink of an eye. My guess is that the Rowling, Inc., image management team decided now was not the time for evening wear and the 1% look. Good move. Your thoughts?

Guest Post: Who is Jonny Rokeby? Pt 5

Who is Jonny Rokeby? Part 5: Potential Plot Points By ChrisC

This whole series of rokeby posts is premised on the idea that J.K. Rowling means us to the see the character of Jonny Rokeby in her Cormoran Strike novels as a latter-day Faust character.  Through unpacking a number of inter-locking symbols within one single scene, at least a case has been made that she wants her readers to view the father of Cormoran Strike in a way that owes its style to the literary alchemy tradition of the Renaissance and to Marlowe’ Doctor Faustus, specifically.

In the final essay of this series, let’s look at what all this symbolism could mean in terms of both plot and genre.  Won’t you join me after the jump for one more walk on the wild side?

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