J.K. Rowling took to her new favorite medium on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in her beloved series about boy wizard Harry Potter.
“20 years ago today a world I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,” the Scottish author tweeted. “It’s been wonderful. Thank you.”
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — which was retitled in the U.S. as “Sorcerer’s Stone” — was first published in the U.K. on June 26, 1997.
20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017
The children’s book became a word-of-mouth phenomenon, spawning six increasingly best-selling sequels and then a blockbuster eight-film movie franchise (not counting last year’s spinoff prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”).
Fans took to social media on Monday to mark the anniversary.
— Charlotte (@mugglecharlotte) June 26, 2017
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— CompCop (@TheCompCop) June 26, 2017
#HarryPotter20 The books were my comfort and hope when things were bad. And the best companion on rainy days.
— Sheeba Mammen (@Sheebabooklover) June 26, 2017
Is it a bit sad to want the special edition #HarryPotter20 books even though I have all the normal ones already???
— Louise (@LouisePentland) June 26, 2017
— Séan Richardson (@Southldntabby) June 26, 2017
— Şeytanım Coskun (@icerde_coskun) June 26, 2017
— Naomi Pratten (@naomilouisee) June 26, 2017
— Melanie Coutts (@melanie_coutts) June 26, 2017
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J.K. Rowling launched Pottermania on June 26, 1997 with the publication of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (retitled "Sorcerer's Stone" in the U.S.) and four years later a film version began a decade-long franchise that was just as successful. TheWrap teamed up with IMDb to give you these 15 facts you may not have known about the film series.
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