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... show more 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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