Alison Flood writing in guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 17 December 2008
Rowling today thanked everyone who had bought a copy of the book. "I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised," she said. "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 shot to the top of the UK's book charts immediately after publication, selling over half a million copies in its first 10 days on sale, according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan. This put it streets ahead of the other titles contending for Christmas number one, including Paul O'Grady and Dawn French's autobiographies, and Guinness World Records.