Friday, July 22, 2011

Harry Potter 7: Read or Watch - Which Is Faster?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Year 7)
Which is faster: Reading the Book or Watching the Movies?

Those who have an extremely efficient reading level (or higher) can finish reading the book faster than watching the movies.

The book has 198,227 words (or according to another source, it's 204,796), while the movies have a running time of 276 minutes (Part 1: 146 minutes, Part 2: 130 minutes). So based on this:

You must read 719 words or more per minute to finish the book faster than the movie (for 198,227 words).
You must read 743 words or more per minute to finish the book faster than the movie (for 204,796 words).

Time to spend in reading HP7

SPEED LEVEL WORDS PER MINUTE 198,227 WORDS 204,796 WORDS
Average reader 200 - 250 793 to 992 mins 820 to 1024 mins
Extremely efficient reading level 3 700 - 750 264 to 282 mins 273 to 293 mins
Extremely efficient reading level 4 750 - 800 247 to 264 mins 256 to 273 mins
Super reading level 800 - 850 233 to 247 mins 240 to 256 mins
Virtual speed readers 850 - 900 220 to 233 mins 227 to 240 mins
(Reference: Mindbluff.com)

Although I'm an above average reader (250-300 WPM), the movies will still finish first before I complete the book. How about you, what's your speed? Can your book-reading beat movie-watching? Take the test here and leave a comment to let me know.

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