JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

JK Rowling Sends Message To 'Harry Potter' Fans On 20th Anniversary Of 'Philosopher's Stone' Release

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. It helps. So does re-reading the books and having a Harry movie marathon.

It's been 20 years since the release of the first book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and to mark the occasion some of the leading social networks have upped their game with a slew of themed features celebrating its cultural significance. Imagine the merry, mischief-making marauders at school together: Best friends Sirius and James Potter, their squad rounded out by intelligent golden boy Remus Lupin and I-guess-we-need-one-more Peter Pettigrew.

Potter scribe J.K. Rowling also took a moment to pay tribute to the day, addressing her more than 10 million followers.

Twenty years ago, Rowling was a single mother of two living on welfare and wrote most of the first book at a café in Edinburgh.

"Harry Potter re-validated children's literature in the eyes of adults, and encouraged an entire generation (of French children) to learn English so that they could read the books as soon as they came out in English", she said.

The concept of time is hard for anyone to understand, let alone an 11-year-old boy who learns he's a wizard seemingly overnight after years of suffering abuse at the hands of his aunt and uncle.

Are you a Muggle, or the brightest witch of your age? The Mirror of Erised can show time in another life; the Pensieve is a handy tool used to review memories; and the Time Turner allows its owner to jump around in time.

There have been seven Harry Potter novels in all, the last - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - published worldwide July 2, 2007. These often overlapped with the Mary Sues as love interests, a harmless form of wish fulfillment for readers who just want to date a Quidditch player now and then.

Not only does it stand up, but it's still just as rich.

There's also a very cool-looking little book from 1593 that details witch-hunting, if you're in the market for some tips. But ultimately I couldn't resist, and I devoured that book hungrily. I believe that it is because the series, ultimately, addresses our collective desire to find a just home in a seemingly hostile world. The Wizarding World welcomes us all, no matter the house we've been sorted into, by birth or circumstance.

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