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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
It never ceases to surprise me where you can find important and very interesting entertainment news. After a couple days of speculation on how many pages Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would have -- the guess was over 800 -- Scholastic's announcement of their commitment to Forest Stewardship Council Certified Paper throws in one cool detail...
The American version will be 784 pages!
784 Pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Though there will still be thousands of people who finish Deathly Hallows the day they purchase the book, at least it will take them longer than all other Potter novels save Order of the Phoenix. With more than 100 pages over Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows is the second longest book to date and, if JK Rowling sticks to her promise of "no more Potter", then it will go down as the second longest Potter book ever.
As in ever.
Scholastic had this to say in their announcement of going green for Potter:
All 12 million copies of the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be printed on paper that contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste (pcw) fiber. Moreover, 65% of the 16,700 tons of paper used in the U.S. first printing will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the global standard-setter for responsible forest management. This historic commitment is the largest purchase of FSC certified paper to be used in the printing of a single book title.
The vast amount of paper needed to print 12 million copies of the 784-page Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes the decision by Scholastic to invest in environmentally preferable paper a significant step in the company's ongoing commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.
784 pages sounds pretty sweet and is a solid indicator that JK Rowling doesn't rush on wrapping things up.