JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

  • JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Rowling's follow-up to The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, was published the following year in 1998, while Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban was published in 1999.

Your tweet could even be featured in Kings Cross station in London, where young wizards and witches caught the train to Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4.

To think, it's been 20 years since the first of seven books was published, igniting a cultural phenomenon for many.

On the stage: While the seventh novel in the Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", was meant to be the end of the boy wizard's story, Rowling continued the saga with a stage play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which opened on London's West End in 2016. As many as 450 million copies in nearly 80 languages have been sold, Rowling's official website says. It's hard to put into words what Rowling has done for reading alone.

J.K. Rowling marked the occasion on Twitter by thanking her fans for everything, and she said of the experience, "It's been wonderful".

"I wish I could claim that as a 12-year-old reader I was so prescient that I said, 'Ah, this will be an important book'".

"It's become disproportionately significant in terms of its reach into modern children's publishing, a total game-changer - and the rest, as they say, is history", he told AFP.

The edition of J.K. Rowling's debut novel has exclusive book cover designs based on the four Hogwarts houses - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

Pottermania over the past two decades has led to eight movies, a hit play and numerous spin-off books.

If there's one thing Harry Potter fans love, it's any excuse to celebrate, talk about, obsess over and revel in their love for the series.

Harry Potter has also made Rowling a very rich woman.