Speaking of word counts, the new Harry Potter novel (which it has been announced will be released June 21st, 2003) is rumored to be over 255,000 words. It took something like 3 years to write, but still! The link has some comparative word count statistics. It falls in between The King James version of the Bible, (at 181,000 words), and Dickens’ David Copperfield (at 357,000 words). You’d think, for the purposes of the article, CNN would have tried to find another book closer in length to compare it to as well.