“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much”. That’s the first line you can read in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone”, J.K. Rowling’s first booked, which opened a door to a whole magical universe.
The novel was published on June 26, 1997, and since then, the intrepid wizard apprentice has spent 20 years entertaining millions of muggles, who in Harrypotterain lingo equals mortals with no magic abilities.
The first volume, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone”, would be just the beginning for one of the most successful books and movies sagas of all times. Since the day it was published two decades ago, 500 million copies with the Hogwarts School of Magic on the cover have been sold, and translated to almost 80 different languages.
After 7 books, eight movies, and God knows how many upcoming spin-offs, Harry Potter is celebrating today 20 years of making our lives a little more magical.
These are 16 fun facts about your favorite book saga that you probably didn’t know after all this time!