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Harry Potter fans mark first book's 20th birthday

Harry Potter fans mark first book's 20th birthday”

It has also led to a major movie franchise, a sold-out theatre production and multiple theme parks, as well as a booming memorabilia market.

Rowling's follow-up to The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, was published the following year in 1998, while Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban was published in 1999.

The social media giant quietly rolled out an easter egg in time for Jun. 26, the day J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997 (which Americans will of course know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). More than 450 million copies of the seven original Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide in 79 languages.

She studied French and Classics at the University of Exeter before going to teach English in Portugal, where she began to chronicle the adventures of Harry Potter. The publisher Bloomsbury will release four editions of the first book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The couple divorced in 1995 and the author moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she continued crafting Harry Potter on a modest oak chair.

She remarried in 2001, to Scottish doctor Neil Murray, and the couple have a boy and a girl.

"From Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland where the Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express travelled, to Professor McGonagall's classroom at Durham Cathedral, to exploring the Forbidden Forest at Warner Bros Studio, Harry Potter's Britain is the stuff of magic".

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a two-part West End Stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Rowling, opened on July 30 2016.

Daniel Radcliffe went on to play the spectacled Boy Who Lived in eight of the Harry Potter films.

The Harry Potter studios in Leavesden, north of London, invites fans to immerse themselves in Potter-world at a permanent exhibition, welcoming 6,000 visitors a day.



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