harry only sold 70k more than zayn who did 0 promo vs harry's entire grand promo campaign with the entirety of columbia's heavyweights pushing his career. so i don't see where the grand evil success lies. he actually underperformed initial projections from columbia which are set extremely low on purpose to make the actual expected sales look better. the fandom drama and het stunt bullshit hurt his sales so much.
i think he still did really, really well. he debuted at #1 in both the us and uk, which is pretty huge. not to mention how his lls skits and music video have exploded. even if it wasn’t as massive as people anticipated, he’s still been very successful.