The Boy Who Lived
“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20” -J.K. Rowling via Twitter, @jk_rowling
June 26, 2017 marks the 20th year of the WONDERFUL wizarding world of Harry Potter. On June 26th 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published by British publisher Bloomsbury, after being rejected several times in the U.K. Could you imagine a life without Harry Potter?
Twitter has joined up with Bloomsbury to create a special Harry Potter emoji that is seen when hash-tagging #HarryPotter20. Facebook also has a little celebration going on whenever you post something with the words Harry Potter, or any of the house names.
Life After Harry Potter
While all of the Harry Potter books have been published and all of the movies have premiered, the wizarding world is still very much alive. On July 31st (Harry Potter’s Birthday) 2016, J.K Rowling released the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is a story that is actually a major play in the U.K., about Harry’s son and a crazy adventure he and his friends end up in.
Then in November 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released in theaters. This story is pre-Harry Potter times, and follows Wizarding World author Newt Scammander. There is said to be a total of 5 movies, telling the tale of Gellert Grindelwald, one of the darkest wizards of all time, and his fallout with Albus Dumbledore, obviously one of the greatest wizards of all time.
J.K. Rowling still has plenty to say about the Harry Potter world. And she lets it all out on her website, Pottermore.com. Here you can make an account and find out your house, patronus, wand, your house in Ilvermorny (The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the United States), and much more. They even have a book club starting in honor of 20 years. On this site J.K Rowling still publishes short stories about the wizarding world.
Harry Potter Franchise
The seven Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 MILLION copies in 79 different languages and have made over 2 BILLION dollars just from all eight movies. Harry Potter is a $25 billion franchise. That’s a lot of pocket change for J.K. Rowling.
With that being said, if you guys need me tonight- “I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending that I don’t exist.”…(Watching Harry Potter)