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Answer from Nikki
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Average length of a novel is 60,000 - 100,000 words.

It takes a great deal of effort to write, so PLAN ahead. Organize a few hours a day, when you won't be disturbed. WHOOA - hardly likely! The average length of a novel is 60000-100000 words.

I could not find data on Sorcerer's Stone, but here's info on other Harry Potter books:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words compared to over l9l,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Pride and Prejudice has 123,880 words (I measured in WordPerfect). It also has 16,034 sentences, 12, 607 paragraphs. Average word legnth is 5, average words per sentence is 8.
Sources: http://www.editz4u.com/02062003.htm

Answer from conocimiento
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Average range is 70,000-150,000

Estimates for "average" novel length vary, but I suspect that 90% of novels on the market fall within the range of 70,000 (around 150 pp) to 150,000 (around 300 pp).  A very rough rule of thumb would be 200 words per printed page, though this will vary dramatically depending on the format and length of the book, typeface used and marketing.  The upper limit these days is around 200,000 words, which is where the longer Potter books probably fall (i.e., the doorstops of 800+ pages, though with a lower word-per-page count, most likely, than the latest biography of Winston Churchill).


Interestingly, since you ask, Jane Austen's works have been studied extensively, including by computerized vocabulary analysis.  Don't ask me why it is worth determining how many times Austen uses the words "then" and "already" in various novels and letters, but the author of the paper linked below does just that!




One useful tidbit from this site is the fact that Northanger Abbey, the shortest of Austen's novels, contains approximately 77,000 words.


Answer from newbie2279039
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Huge variation in word length depending on genre

It's hard to come up with an "average" word length since much depends on the type of novel you're speaking of. Here are just a few general parameters from Writer's Market. Most chapter books for young readers average 6,000-10,000 words. Young adult novels can run anywhere from about 40,000-80,000. The Harry Potter books are a rare exception. They are three times the size of most accepted children's/teen's fiction, definitely not the norm. The average adult novel is anywhere from 60,000-100,000 words. Again, these are just rough estimates, but it should give you something to go by.

Answer from PamPerdue
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About 100,000

In general, novels run 60,000-200,000 words, with 100,000 being the number I see cited most often.   The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America puts a novel as having more than 40,000 words, with anything shorter than that as a "novella". 

Pride and Prejudice has 122,685 words, according to this site.

I'm less sure of my answer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but at 309 pages, and an average of 250 words per page (again, the number I see most often), that gives you 75,000 words.  Perhaps less, since HP&SS is probably printed with larger-than-average type.  That's not uncommon for a children's book, though later books in the series are much, much longer.

Answer from karabas
About 100,000