Date: 23rd January 2002
Boy wizard Harry Potter, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and singleton Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), starring Renée Zellweger, had a magical effect on 2001 book sales in Britain, according to a book trade monitoring service. The fictional duo, created by authors J.K Rowling and Helen Fielding respectively, last year (2001) pushed sales to a record £1 billion ($1. 4 billion).
The Harry Potter books accounted for four of the top five sellers in 2001, selling more than 800,000 times each, says Susan Wakefield of Whitaker Booktrack, which monitors about 80 per cent of all book trade in Britain. Luthfa Begum, marketing executive at books retailer Books Etc, adds that Harry Potter and Bridget Jones had been steady bestsellers throughout last year (2001) but demand for them had increased on release of their films.
The Bridget Jones film opened in Britain in the spring of 2001 while the first movie version from Rowling's series, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001), broke box office records when it hit the screens in November (2001).