J.K. Rowling celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter by thanking fans around the world. It's hard to think of a multi-media franchise in history that ever turned out to be quite as popular as Harry Potter. Beginning with the release of Rowling's original book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the Harry Potter property took the world by storm from the very beginning with Sorcerer's Stone quickly becoming not only one of the most successful children's books of all time, but one of the most successful books ever - period.
That success only continued to grow throughout the other six books Rowling released through a total of ten years, some of which were even released concurrently with the well-known and extremely successful franchise of film adaptations based on the books, which broke records and created history in their own way as well. Following the same group of actors from for ten years, the Harry Potter films together are regarded as some of the most popular and beloved genre films ever made, culminating in the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011.
With today marking the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone being released as a novel, J.K. Rowling took to her official Twitter account today to celebrate the occasion, taking the opportunity to thank fans of the Wizarding World making the past 20 years such a "wonderful" time. Check it out for yourself down below:
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 success of the Harry Potter films and books has only continued to grow in the years since their original conclusions. Not only have young fans around the world been able to both revisit and introduce themselves to the world for the first time, but there's even been quite a few additions to the Wizarding World lore over the past few years. That's not only included the opening of two Harry Potter theme parks in both Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA, but also a play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which acts as the eighth installment in the franchise and opened last year to record-breaking success.
Right now, Rowling is busy writing the screenplays for the next four Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films also, which set decades before the events of the Harry Potter series, follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his friends as they navigate their way through one of the darkest and most turbulent times in the history of the Wizarding World. Some characters from the original Potter series are expected to pop up in the future films, including even Jude Law's younger version of Albus Dumbledore. So to just say that the Harry Potter films have would up having a long-lasting impact on pop culture over the past twenty years, would be an understatement. In fact, maybe one of the only truly right words to describe what the past twenty years have been like, would be magical.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018