Harry Potter turns 20; J.K. Rowling marks anniversary

Author J.K Rowling took to Twitter Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.”

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“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you,” Rowling tweeted to her 10.9 million fans.


The book, which was originally published on Jun 26, 1997, was Rowling’s first novel in the Harry Potter series that began one of the most successful book and film franchises in history, selling more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages.


To mark the anniversary, Rowling’s publisher, Bloomsbury, released four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

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Additionally, the “Harry Potter” brand has inspired multiple films, memorabilia and amusement park attractions.


Even the original spot where Rowling wrote the book, The White Elephant Café, in Edinburgh, has become an international tourist destination.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report