20 Years with Harry Potter

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Twenty years ago today, the world was first introduced to a scrawny eleven year old with untidy hair and a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, of course) hit shelves on this date in 1997, and the series went on to become one of the biggest literary blockbusters the world has ever seen.  More than 450 million copies of the books have sold worldwide, and the franchise now includes films, a theme park, and the online Pottermore community, where fans of the story can experience the Wizarding World in an entirely new way.

Despite it's wild popularity, the book wasn't an instant success.  Author J. K. Rowling received multiple rejections from publishers unwilling to take a chance on a book about young witches and wizards, and even tried submitting the book under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, to no avail.  Eventually, though, Rowling's persistance paid off.  Bloomsbury Publishing, a UK publisher, accepted the book, and from there it wasn't long before Harry had crossed the pond and gained an American following as well.

As the first generation to grow up with Harry and his friends is now beginning to pass the story on to their own young readers, this 20th anniversary marks the start of a whole new era for Potter fans.  Though these new readers may not experience the agony of waiting for the next book's release date, or the thrill of a midnight release party, there's still something special about the world that Rowling has created that transcends the stories themselves.  The Wizarding World continues to grow.  New films based on Rowling's companion book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, are already in the works, and the stage play The Cursed Child, which takes place after the original series, will open on Broadway in the spring of 2018.  Until then, fans can take part in the official Harry Potter book club hosted by Pottermore, or experience the books via downloadable audio, which is now available for the first time through independent bookstores.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780590353403
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Published: Scholastic - September 1st, 1998

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780439064866
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Published: Scholastic - June 1st, 1999

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780439136358
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Published: Scholastic - September 7th, 1999

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780439139595
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Published: Scholastic - July 8th, 2000

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cover Image
By Mary GrandPre (Illustrator), J. K. Rowling
$29.99
ISBN: 9780439358064
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 21st, 2003

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780439784542
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 16th, 2005

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Cover Image
By Mary GrandPre (Illustrator), J. K. Rowling
$34.99
ISBN: 9780545010221
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 21st, 2007

Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 [With Stickers] Cover Image
$205.93
ISBN: 9780545044257
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 16th, 2007

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set: Books #1-7 Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$86.93
ISBN: 9780545162074
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 7th, 2009

Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$100.00
ISBN: 9780545596275
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545790352
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 6th, 2015

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545791328
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 4th, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338099133
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338109061
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - November 18th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338132311
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 14th, 2017