How many words are there in total in all 7 Harry Potter novels? Are they together longer than Proust?

Prousts's great novel cycle, "A la Receherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of things past)" is generally considered the longest serious novel in western literature. It is estimated at 1.5 million words. There are longer ones, but nobody reads them.

The only statistic I have on Harry Potter is that "Order of the Phoenix" is about 257,000 words. Its fascinating to speculate that 12 to 14 year olds, by wading through all 7 Potter novels, may have got close to, or even exceeded, the effort required to attack "A la Recherche ... " (although Harry Potter is much easier to read).

Will J K Rowling produce a new generation of really serious readers?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Sorcerer's Stones: 76,944

    Chamber of Secrets: 85,141

    Prisoner of Azkaban: 107,253

    Goblet of Fire: 190,637

    Order of the Phoenix: 257,045

    Half-Blood Prince: 168,923

    Deathly Hallows: 198,227

    Total: 1,084,170

    So there you go, that's a lot of words. Hope this helps you.

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  • Jeff H
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    1 decade ago

    Well, the first 3 novels were significantly shorter however if you consider that the last 4 averaged approximately the same number of words so, in total you are certainly looking at 1.25 million words or more. Maybe not quite as long but close. Of course there is hopefully one more book coming a "Harry Potter Encyclopedia" (I have also heard it called a Hogwarts Encyclopedia but in checking JK's comments recently, Harry Potter appears to be correct) so if you include that it will probably surpass 1.5 million words. I hope that she does end up encouraging a new generation of readers as, to me, reading opens the mind to wonders like nothing else (entertainment wise that is) can.

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  • 4 years ago

    Sahih Muslim

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  • 5 years ago

    257,000

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