20 Years Anniversary of Harry Potter Movie Series
There are many books and movies that have a long-lasting impact on the mythical world of magic. However, Harry Potter’s journey has always been everyone’s favourite across the globe. The storyline has created a special bond in everyone’s heart, from kids to adults. January 1st, 2022, marked another milestone in this epic magic ride. It is the date celebrating the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
J. K. Rowling, aka Joanne Rowling, a British author and a loving mother, started writing this magical series in 1995. After being rejected by twelve publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing took the initiative to publish the book, which later was bought by Scholastic Corporation. The Harry Potter series marked a significant milestone in the literary world and the life of Joanne.
In 2008, the book series became the best-selling children’s series in history. According to Forbes, the success of the book series made Rowling the world’s first billionaire author. However, she lost her status as a billionaire author after giving significant earnings to numerous charities. The Harry Potter book series continues to turn the pages in Children’s literature.
Each book in the series has a unique story to share. The books are entertaining and create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. Even the smallest detail is described so that while reading the book, the reader can imagine all the characters and see them playing on the pages. There have been several award-winning magical books in the literary world. But we can say that the Harry Potter series is like the awakening of a new era.
After releasing the books, many authors jumped on the success train by releasing similar related content to Harry Potter. Books like “Harry Potter – A Magical Year”, authored by J.K Rowling, include Jim Kay’s illustration. Not only this, but the market also started flooding with unique merchandise from the series. From Magical artefacts to Lego sets, one can find almost everything related to the characters and their magic in the stores.
Later, the book series also became a successful movie franchise. In 1998, Warner Bros saw an opportunity and bought the rights of the first two books to create a movie series. After seeing a growing enthusiasm, they decided to purchase the right of the complete Harry Potter book series. Indeed, both the books and the movie series paid particular attention to details. From the moving stairs to talking picture frames, every little detail captured the perfect essence of the storyline and plot, making it an entertaining watch for the readers.
The Harry Potter book-set is a collection of 7 books. However, the movie counterpart is made in 8 parts. The 7th book in the series, namely, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released in two parts in the movie series. Both the movie parts of the 7th book were shot simultaneously. However, when the time to edit the shots came, the whole movie went beyond 5 hours, too long. So the directors decided to make it a two-part film. Thus, everyone could enjoy the last book more entertainingly without missing the end details.
Well, J.K. Rowling didn’t stop at the book series. She dipped her toes in the trending internet world to connect more with her readers and fans. Joanne created a website for her fans where everyone from across the globe can connect with the magical world and share their experience. She is very active on the website by adding features relating to the series and the hidden aspects of the plots, and it keeps her fans intrigued and connected. Indeed, the website is quite engaging where the users can play quizzes, stay updated about new releases and a lot more.
London is the principal city where the whole story is set, and one can relate to several places from across the city. Take a walk in London, and you can connect the dots to several sites of this magical journey. If you need a map, you can look at “Harry Potter’s London the Film Location Walk”. The book includes maps and photographs connecting the story with different locations in London.
As the current trend goes, Warner Bros recently released the reunion of the cast from the movie. “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” is a tribute where cast members (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, etc.) and the film crew from across all eight Harry Potter films come for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film.
This reunion video shows the excitement and love among the cast members. Every cast member grew while acting in the movie series, and they shared their experience of being selected as the cast to their fun escapades during the shoots. In the video, one can see that actors from rival houses are good friends in real life. Gryffindor may rival Slytherin in the series, but Draco Malfoy is a good friend of Hermine Granger and Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter book series is the journey lived and read by every kid in the ‘90s. The book series left a great impression on these young minds, and most kids enacted scenes from the books in their early childhood days. The series may be complete, but it is still fresh in the kids’ minds, like the magical things that happened just yesterday in their backyards. J.K. Rowling captured people’s hearts irrespective of their demographics by writing this fantastic Collection of Harry Potter books.