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