When the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits July 21st, it’ll break the record for the largest first printing, as Scholastic, Inc. announced on Wednesday that 12 million copies will be printed.
“This is so much more than the publication of a single book,” Lisa Holton, president of Scholastic Trade and Book Fairs, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s a true celebration of the Harry Potter movement and of the joy of reading.”
The last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, had a first printing of 10.8 million copies in 2005 and sales soared to 6.9 million in the first 24 hours.
A special “Deluxe” edition of the book will also be released, with a first printing of 100,000 copies. The edition features art and illustration and a special slipcase.
The J.K. Rowling fantasy series has sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.