It has been 20 years since we first met a lonely boy with a lightening-bolt scar living in the Dursleys’ cupboard under the stairs. Since then Harry Potter has made a bunch of magical friends, battled Voldemort, sold millions of novels and inspired a blockbuster film franchise. And it’s all down to one woman…
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
It all started on 26th June 1997, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone arrived on bookshelves for the first time.
— Deniz Saygı (@denizcansaygi) June 26, 2017
Using a time turner, the BBC has retrieved this moving portrait from December 1997, when Blue Peter’s Konnie Huq interviewed up-and-coming children’s author Joanne (JK) Rowling.
As we celebrate “HarryPotter20”, fans have been giving thanks to Rowling for years of magic.
#HarryPotter20 The books were my comfort and hope when things were bad. And the best companion on rainy days.— Sheeba Mammen (she/her) (@Sheebabooklover) June 26, 2017
Harry Potter's world is the most wonderful world for me. All books are full of magic, friendship and kindness. Thanks, @jk_rowling ❤— a_saushy (@aSaushy) June 26, 2017
And as Harry Potter turns 20 (the book, not the character of course) it’s the perfect time to look back on all those favourite moments.
— Summer Read (@SummerrRead) June 26, 2017