Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
On June 26, 1997, the first novel of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was published. Since then, the series has grown into a wildly successful franchise that includes 7 novels, 8 movies, a play, two theme parks, and thousands of fan-made spin-offs. To celebrate, we’re bringing you 6 facts about the series.
- The Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, in over 200 territories and 68 languages.
- Rowling and Harry have the same birthday, July 31.
- Harry’s scar was applied 5,800 times over the decade-long filming of the Harry Potter films.
- Rowling admitted that she seriously considered killing Ron halfway through the series, attributing this to being in a low place in her life.
- J.K. Rowling’s name isn’t her actual name. Rowling chose to use initials after her publisher recommended it, to appeal to male readers. She chose the initial J for her real name, Joanne, and K for her grandmother, Kathleen, which is not a part of her legal name.
- Much of Rowling’s fictional work is based off fact. She used Latin to derive many of the spells and mottos of the wizarding world and the names of many magical plants are named after a book found by Rowling.