JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Erica Roy
June 28, 2017

It's been 20 years since J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - the first of seven books that would eventually become a massive global franchise with films and a theme park. The book was renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for its US debut a year later, published by Scholastic. "Because that world is about people trying to make the world a better place, Harry Potter fans are people who also would try to make the world a better place", she said. "It's been wonderful. Thank you", she wrote on Twitter.

Yep, to commemorate such a momentous occasion, Twitter has added an emoji alongside the #HarryPotter20 hashtag of the iconic glasses and scar of The Boy Who Lived.

"Harry Potter has had a huge impact on a generation of children, who became so obsessed with reading that they would queue for hours to get their hands on the next book", said Diana Gerald, head of the Book Trust, a charity which encourages youngsters to read.

Author JK Rowling had the idea for the stories about a young wizard and his friends and teachers at a school for magic while on a train journey, and she wrote the first book in a small cafe in Edinburgh.

Part of the reason the books are appealing is Rowling's universe creates room for readers to enter and imagine other stories or other characters that might reside in that space, she says. The way the films have been made.although the book fans complain about it, the scale and the visuals of them, are really what continues to inspire thousands in the business.

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It will also work if you type one of the houses from Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

On the stage: While the seventh novel in the Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", was meant to be the end of the boy wizard's story, Rowling continued the saga with a stage play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which opened on London's West End in 2016.

Rowling recently revealed there are two Harry Potters, reports ET Online.

Facebook's latest Easter egg is a tip of the Sorting Hat to Harry Potter in celebration of the vicennial of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (later retitled "the Sorcerer's Stone" in America). The 2017 Sunday Times Rich List put her personal worth at 650 million pounds, about $827.5 million U.S.

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