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JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

In 2016, the total value of the Harry Potter franchise was estimated at $25 billion, making Harry Potter one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997. "It's not a title you see in the window at your local Barnes & Noble".

The story begins in the summer of 1991 when Harry Potter, not yet 11 years old, is accepted into Hogwarts.

A quote from a bookstore manager marveling at the fact that they've sold "hundreds" of copies.

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.

The Harry Potter series has since been translated into 79 languages and transformed into eight films, with numerous off-shoots including a hit London theatre production which will open in NY next year. Fine printed books and manuscripts, including a rare first edition of J K Rowling's first novel Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, is estimated to auction off at12,000 pounds at Christie's May 3, 2003 in London.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the world's most compelling modern entertainment franchise. Many children and young adults who might not have been interested in picking up a book before learned to read through her vision.

She told ITV's Lorraine: "To see that was okay, that was empowering, so I wrote to her and she wrote back and we became pen friends before I got the role".

Curator Graeme Hawley said the book was on loan from a private collector for the library's "party" to mark a hugely important literary milestone.

Publishers Bloomsbury celebrated "house week" by releasing special edition of the first book in the colours of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. Rowling recently revealed there are two Harry Potters, reports ET Online.

St Paul's Cathedral in London on Monday published a video of music from the Harry Potter film series being performed at the famous site. The 2017 Sunday Times Rich List put her personal worth at 650 million pounds, about $827.5 million U.S.

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