Beedle the Bard, the novel that was featured in the Harry Potter series and has been written by JK Rowling, has become the fastest selling book of 2008, selling an incredible two copies a second around the world. Since its launch just two weeks ago (4th December 2008) the novel has sold 2.6 million copies and has raised £4.2 million for the Children's High Level Group charity which has been founded by JK Rowling to help vunerable children in eastern europe.



JK Rowling said of the incredible success:




"I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised,". "All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years ."



The book rocketed to the top of the charts as soon as it hit the shelves, selling over half a million copies in the first 10 days and the charities chief executive Richard Alderslade is quoted as saying:



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We had no idea what to expect in terms of sales figures so we are thrilled by such impressive sales in the first week alone,". "Each time someone opens a copy of Beedle this Christmas or gives it as a gift, they will be making a difference to the life of a vulnerable child living not so very many miles away."