"Harry Potter" turns 20

Happy birthday, Harry!

Twenty years ago today, the first book in the Harry Potter series was published. Released as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the U.K. and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S., J.K. Rowling’s first recover ushered in a literary authorization that would be translated into 68 languages and sell some-more than 500 million books worldwide. 

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Rowling toasted the anniversary on Twitter, writing, “Twenty years ago currently a universe we had lived in alone was unexpected open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.” 

While the authorization is now two decades old, the impression of Potter himself would be a bit older. According to sum suggested over the march of the series, the Boy Who Lived was innate on Jul 31, 1980 — which would meant he’d be celebrating his 37th birthday next month. 

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Even after 20 years — and a full film instrumentation of the series — it’s transparent that the Potter authorization isn’t going divided anytime soon. Here’s a demeanour at how Rowling is gripping the Wizarding World alive for fans old and new. 

On the screen:
Last year saw the entrance of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first of a new film series holding place in the Harry Potter universe decades before Potter himself was born. The film noted Rowling’s entrance as a screenwriter. Four some-more entries are planned, with the next due in theaters in Nov 2018. Jude Law has sealed on to play a immature Albus Dumbledore. 

In 2012, Rowling launched Pottermore, an online home for all things Harry Potter. Fans can join, get sorted into Hogwarts houses and rise their own Wizarding World personas. Rowling keeps the site active with news, facilities and articles as good formerly unreleased writings. 

On the stage:
While the seventh novel in the Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was dictated to be the finish of the child wizard’s story, Rowling continued the tale with a theatre play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which non-stop on London’s West End in 2016. Written by Jack Thorne from a story he grown with Rowling and John Tiffany, The two-part play won 9 Olivier Awards off of 11 nominations. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will come to Broadway in Apr 2018, with tickets set to go on sale this fall. 

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On the page: 
Last summer saw the expelled of the book for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which was greeted with the same midnight bookstore festivities the novels received. The recover sole some-more than 2 million copies in its first two days of recover in the U.S. and Canada, and in the U.K. it went on to be the biggest-selling book of 2016. Rowling also expelled a series of extra brief story collections as ebooks in September, and she’s been bustling with non-Potter novels published both under her own name and under her investigator novella pen name, Robert Galbraith. 

In the genuine world:
Universal Studios has non-stop Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions in both Florida and Los Angeles, giving fans a possibility to visiting Hogwarts and Diagon Alley for themselves. 

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