JK Rowling Celebrates Harry Potter's 20th With A Perfect Tweet

Harry Potter even managed to dominate the stage with Harry Potter and The Cursed Child winning 11 Olivier awards

In 2001, Rowling also wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a book mentioned in the Harry Potter series.

Today marks 20 years since Harry Potter charmed his way into our hearts in the Philosopher's Stone, a book which went on to change children's literature for eternity - and author JK Rowling can't seem to thank fans enough. The initial hardback print run was only 500 copies; however, the complete seven-book series went on to sell more than 450 million copies.

20 years later, the world has been transformed by those 7 magical core books, 8 films, countless spin-offs and a treasure horde of merchandise that continues to pull in millions of dollars.

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Grab your broomstick and take flight with Google Earth's Voyager. "Harry Potter I think still means so much to so many people even though it's 20 years now but yeah, it's always unbelievable", she said.

In 1999, the Catholic Education Resource Center said, that "the failure of author J.K. Rowling's world is that it is pure cotton candy".

On Twitter, there is a Harry Potter emoji that features Potter's famous lightning-shaped scar above round glasses.

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Just like Rowling, who became an overnight star, the popularity of the movie's three main leads - Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Watson (Hermione Granger) and Grint (Ron Weasley) - was no less than an A-list Hollywood star.

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", the book's original title, was first published on June 26, 1997, by Bloomsbury.

Part of the reason the books are appealing is Rowling's universe creates room for readers to enter and imagine other stories or other characters that might reside in that space, she says.

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On the page: Last summer saw the released of the script for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which was greeted with the same midnight bookstore festivities the novels received.

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