lundi 26 juin 2017

Harry Potter: How the boy wizard enchanted the world

What JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997

Can you believe it's 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester.
She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in cafes in Edinburgh while her baby from her first marriage slept in a pram.
After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies.
Then something magic happened. That first book - and the six that followed - went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world.
It got kids (and adults) reading  ...
It also got people writing  ...
It spawned one of the world's biggest film franchises  ...
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint 

Young stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint  (Warner Bros/Getty Images)
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Source: BBCNews 26 June 2017

What you might not know about Harry

It has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published.
But how much do you know about the books that bought us the boy wizard?
Here are some magic numbers.

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