Japanese hardware sales, Jun. 4 - Jun. 10: Harry Potter edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsThe final release of Harry Potter, one of the most widespread, wonderful literary series ever written, is coming to a close come July 21st. We'd like to take a moment and salute J. K. Rowling for reintroducing the better part of a world to the joys of reading, because hey, if no one read, we'd be out of our jobs. Pick up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as soon as you can, guys. Trust us.

Harry Potter and the Japanese Hardware Sales

"Harry," said Ron, slightly out of breath, "Snape'll go nutters if we're late again. Remember what he did to Neville?"

"Yeah," replied Harry, throwing himself down a shifting staircase and sprinting through the corridors. Snape had used a particularly nasty hex on the frequently tardy Neville, turning his hands into N-Gages. Harry allowed himself a momentary shudder.

They rounded a corner and began the descent into Snape's dungeon of a classroom, Harry's least favorite place at Hogwarts. Even disregarding his immense dislike of Severus Snape, Harry had never had much of a knack for Potions; it was always his lowest grade of the term.

Suddenly, Ron stopped dead ahead of him. Harry slammed into his back, nearly toppling the two down the hard, stone stairs.

"C'mon, Ron, what did--"

"ENOUGH," came the cold, hard voice of Severus Snape, and Harry's stomach did a flip. "You two. Come with me." He shoved past the boys and up the spiral stairs; Harry and Ron followed suit.

Snape said nothing as they took a particularly long sequence of confusing twists and turns through the castle. Harry was amazed that even after his years at Hogwarts, there were still massive areas of the castle they he'd never even seen. He shot a furtive look at Ron, who was visibly sweating. There were limits to how much a teacher could discipline a student, but Snape had always held a particular hatred for Harry Potter and his friends ....

Snape stopped in front of a cold, wooden door. "Inside," he snapped, and the boys scurried through the entrance. Snape followed, closed the door, and all light was extinguished.

"Editionus," muttered Snape, and immediately, little beams of light began tracing paths through the darkness. Harry gaped as a sequence of consoles and numbers presented themselves before him, wondering what torturous punishment Snape could possibly enact with such information. Illuminated slightly by the writing, Harry saw Snape's lips curl into an ugly smile.

"You two seem to think your status exempts you from proper behavior at Hogwarts school," drawled Snape, prompting Ron to roll his eyes languidly. Snape didn't see it. "Look closely, Potter, Weasley. What do you see?"

Harry glared at the numbers, confused. "They're ... they're last week's sales numbers, aren't they?"

"No," Snape answered coolly. "They're this week's sales numbers. They're almost completely identical to last week's, though."

Harry looked at Ron, confused. "And the punishment is ...?"

Snape glared at Harry. "I don't really have a punishment, I just thought that was strange. You may both leave now."

Bewildered but not in any mood to argue, he and Ron felt around for the knob and threw open the door, nearly dashing away from the former Death Eater. They were halfway down the hallway when Harry stopped, a strange expression on his face.

"What is it?" Ron asked.

"I ... I didn't have time to leave a pro-Nintendo comment in there! I'm gonna lose my street cred! DAMN YOU, SNAPE!"

- DS Lite: 117,193 5,947 (4.83%)
- Wii: 64,529 5,219 (7.48%)
- PSP: 24,711 1,647 (6.25%)
- PS2: 11,097 717 (6.07%)
- PS3: 8,776 222 (2.47%)
- Xbox 360: 2,533 314 (14.15%)
- Game Boy Micro: 481 171 (55.16%)
- GBA SP: 302 55 (22.27%)
- Gamecube: 167 59 (26.11%)
- DS Phat: 35 36 (50.70%)
- GBA: 16 -- 0 (0%)

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