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JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

27 June 2017, 12:53 | Nina Hammond

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

- We don't know how it's happened, but 20 whole years have passed since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first charmed readers of the United Kingdom with its pure, unadulterated magic, Digital Spy said.

Each participant also received a a copy of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, according to the Guinness World Records.

Today marks 20 years since the world was introduced to Harry Potter, engaging imaginations and creating worlds where magic exists for children and adults alike. If you've ever wondered what a real merperson looks like, now's your chance.

Over the years, the eight Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies and have been translated into more than 60 languages.

Even after 20 years - and a full film adaptation of the series - it's clear that the Potter franchise isn't going away anytime soon.

Events to mark the magical tale include a special exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, the city where Rowling penned much of the first novel.

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Here's the first story NPR ever aired about Harry Potter - a wonderful piece by the late Margot Adler, from All Things Considered in 1998. "Rowling/e/B000AP9A6K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1498497614&sr=1-2-ent" target="_blank">the universe J.K. Rowling has built over the last two decades.

Britain's tourism office has announced the release of an interactive map to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book.

In response, fans made sure to tell Rowling just how much her lovely series of stories has meant to them.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to premiere on Broadway on April 22, 2018.

Bloomsbury affected one small change by persuading Joanne Rowling to publish under the nom de plume J.K., convinced that boys would shy away from a book written by a woman. In fact, there were exactly 1,078 days between the release of Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix.

The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his unique magical abilities and heads off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Type "Harry Potter" or one of the four houses ― Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin ― into a status or comment, and a wand will pop up and shower multicolored sparks onto the screen.

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