More of Mr Potter’s Magic

Last night I was in the downtown bookstore to pick up some stuff for travel planning, and I glanced over at their bestseller rack. Number one was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In English. The German edition won’t come out until October.

The best-selling book in the store is in a foreign language. That’s some powerful enchantment, Ms Rowling.

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Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

9 thoughts on “More of Mr Potter’s Magic

  1. I believe you are in Munich, Doug. At the Munich Hugendubel, all those books in German are surely in a foreign language too?

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  3. In Brno, Czech Republic, the English version of this bestseller is burried among other English-language books, like Christie, Townsend, Clancy…etc. As if there were no English-speaking fans of HP at all….

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  5. Mrs T, printed Bairisch is so rare that it pleases the people here not to regard German as a foreign language. Ja mei.

  6. Thanks, StefanoC!

    I’m sure the Munich list is small numbers, too, compared with TV or radio, but even so. I can’t imagine, say, a French-language book becoming the #1 bestseller in the UK, or Spanish-language in the US.

  7. I live in Brazil, a country that reads 2 books per capita per year (France, for example, reads 10). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the top selling book in the country this week. I suppose that this some of Ms. Rowling magic, mixed to some of the Italian explanation that Stefano gives us.

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