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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:33AM

1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, first in series, is published in the United Kingdom.

1998: The book is published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series, is published.

450 million: Number of Potter books sold worldwide

73: Languages in which the books are available

71: Number of times Rowling has held the No. 1 spot on USA Today’s best-selling books list

8: Movies based on the seven-book series

$7.7 billion: Worldwide box office of the Potter films

2 million: Number of hardcover copies in first printing of Rowling’s new novel, The Casual Vacancy

Gannett News Service

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