JK Rowling Marks 20 Years Since Harry Potter Appeared

Joanne Kathleen Rowling had struggled through poverty before winning a £1,500 (RM8,185) publishing deal with Bloomsbury to print 1,000 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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.

In all, the seven volumes of the saga, translated into 79 languages in 200 countries, have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

It's 20 years of Harry Potter. According to Pottermore, some fans will have their stories displayed at King's Cross Station, which contains the entrance to Platform 9 3/4 and the train to Hogwarts.

The 25-year-old added: "I'm happy that's all behind me. And that makes us feel really deeply invested in this world", she said.

Some of the books were even released for sake at midnight, causing thousands of kids to skip bedtime to excitedly queue at bookstores that remained open all night. Surely when Rowling first published the story, she had no clue what would follow - an global love of the young wizard and his adventures at Hogwarts.




Apparently, Harry Potter's great-grandfather's name was Henry, but his nickname was Harry. Potter's own name showed up in red, given that he's a member of Gryffindor.

"You brought magic to a generation who desperately needed it".

"It was always something that just sort of boosted your spirits and made you realize you could get past the dark points", she said.

But fans are taking this anniversary opportunity to thank their hero Ms Rowling for childhoods filled with magical memories.

Instead, the exploits of Harry and his friends were transformed into films, a stage play, theme parks and branded goods, becoming a multi-million dollar industry. Many are showing their love for the series today, including Facebook, which has released a new interactive feature that allows status updates to cast spells.

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