Harry Potter: Under His Spell
This, at any rate, was Thanksgiving 2001, following Nov. 16's box-office-shattering opening—$100 million in four days—of the $125 million Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first movie from the phenomenal series of children's books (100 million copies sold worldwide). If the scheduled rollout of new titles, film adaptations and products keeps up—what can top the hair detangler inspired by Harry's friend Hermione?—next year brings more of the same: Harry Potter No. 5 should be published by fall 2002, just in time for the Chamber of Secrets movie, once again starring Daniel Radcliffe, the 12-year-old chosen from among 16,000 boys. Like something conjured by the sorcerer's apprentice, the Potter franchise now multiplies without end. But Rowling, 36, has said her dream has always been to "drive children back to reading books." For that, thanks.