JK Rowling Statistics

JK Rowling sales statistics

  • JK Rowling’s books have sold more than 500 million copies around the world
  • Rowling’s books have sold more than 180 million copies in the USA alone
  • The Harry Potter series was nominated as America’s 3rd favorite book
  • JK Rowling was voted by bookworms as America’s favorite author
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the 3rd best-selling book of all time
  • It has sold over 120 million copies around the world
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sold 3 million copies on its first weekend in the USA
  • In 2016, Rowling made $95 million – making her the highest-paid author in the world that year
  • In 2022, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the 6th bestselling children’s book of the year
  • In 2022, her sales increased by 35% despite certain fans attempting to boycott Rowling due to perceived transphobic comments
  • Rowling is in the top 200 richest people in the UK with an estimated net worth of over £800 million
  • The 8 Harry Potter movies have grossed over $9 billion at the box office worldwide
  • On top of the Harry Potter main movies, there have also been 3 Fantastic Beasts movies, and both Strike and The Casual Vacancy have been developed into tv series

How many books has JK Rowling written?

  • Rowling has written a total of 22 books
  • The main Harry Potter series consists of 7 books
  • It took JK Rowling 7 years from concept to the completion of the first Harry Potter book
  • She has also written 3 supplementary books in the Harry Potter universe
  • Rowling has also written 3 e-book only supplementary books in the Harry Potter universe – 2 of which were collections of short stories
  • Rowling has written 7 adult fiction books
  • 6 of these under the pen name Robert Galbraith as part of the Cormoran Strike series
  • Rowling has written a further 2 non-fiction books
TitlePage CountAudiobook LengthPublish Date
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone2239 hrs and 33 mins26 June 1997
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets25111 hrs and 5 mins2 July 1998
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban31713 hrs and 10 mins8 July 1999
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire63622 hrs and 17 mins8 July 2000
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix76630 hrs and 18 mins21 June 2003
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince60721 hrs and 27 mins16 July 2005
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows60724 hrs21 July 2007
The Casual Vacancy76617 hrs and 50 mins27 Sep 2012
The Cuckoo’s Calling46415 hrs and 53 mins18 Apr 2013
The Silkworm46417 hrs and 16 mins19 Jun 2014
Career of Evil51217 hrs and 54 mins20 Oct 2015
Lethal White65622 hrs and 30 mins18 Sep 2018
Troubled Blood93331 hrs and 51 mins15 Sep 2020
The Ink Black Heart146232 hrs and 43 mins30 Aug 2022

JK Rowling publishing stats

  • JK Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1965
  • Her name is Joane Rowling – she has no middle name
  • Rowling’s publisher suggested she added a 2nd initial to her name to make her sound more masculine as the target market for her books was young boys who  might not like to read a book written by a woman
  • Rowling’s mom loves the read and filled the family home with books
  • Rowling wrote her first book called “Rabbit” at age 6 for her family for fun
  • Rowling applied to go to Oxford but was rejected – some people put this down to Rowling’s state education and class issues associated with Oxford and Cambridge
  • Rowling graduated from Exeter University in 1987 with a BA in French
  • She studied in Paris for a year during her studies
  • Rowling began working as a secretary for Amnesty International documenting human rights abuses in French-speaking Africa from their London office
  • She began writing books in her spare time
  • In the early 90s, while on a train from London to Manchester, the inspiration for Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermoine Grainger came into her head
  • Rowling lived in Manchester for a short time before moving to Porto.
  • She met a Portuguese man, got married, and had a child but it was a troubled time. Rowling got a divorce and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to stay with her sister
  • At this point, Rowling already had a draft of the first Harry Potter book
  • Rowling lived in tough conditions with the support of state benefits and as a single mother
  • She eventually completed Harry Potter and got herself a literary agent in 1995
  • JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishers before it was accepted by Bloomsbury
  • Scholastic bought the US rights for $105,000, which Rowling used to buy an apartment in Edinburgh
  • It was published in the USA in 1998, and by December it was a best-seller