Universal Studios Lights Up Hogwarts For Summer

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

Harry Potter turns 20 on Monday when muggle readers in gowns and glasses from Indonesia to Uruguay were set to celebrate the birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997.

Yes, it's been two whole decades since super author J.K. Rowling's book about the orphaned wizard who grew up to become the Savior of the Wizarding World hit the shelves. The publisher Bloomsbury will release four editions of the first book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The couple divorced in 1995 and the author moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she continued crafting Harry Potter on a modest oak chair.

The entire saga comprises seven volumes, published between 1997 and 2007, with each taking place during a school year.

She remarried in 2001, to Scottish doctor Neil Murray, and the couple have a boy and a girl.

If you post or comment the name of any of the houses in Harry Potter on Facebook - that's Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw - the name will be displayed in the color of the house, and out pops some magic.

If some of the early reviews took issue with Ms. Rowling's pedestrian writing and bald characterisation, everyone agreed about the narrative verve on show in the Philosopher's Stone, starting with the delivery of a letter that will, like alchemy, transform the 11-year-old hero's life forever.

The Pottermore, the online home of Harry Potter, recently announced a Wizarding World Book Club, allowing fans to revisit their favourite books and discuss them online.

There are also theme parks created by Universal Studio in Orlando, Florida, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan. More than 450 million copies of the seven original Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide in 79 languages.

The movies have netted $7.2 billion (6.4 billion euros) worldwide, the books $7.7 billion, and merchandise $7.3 billion.

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