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Twenty years ago today one woman introduced the world to one of the most imaginative stories of all time. The Boy Who Lived was summoned into existence by J.K. Rowling when Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone first hit shelves in 1997, inciting an international fandom among both kids and adults that remains as active as ever today. So how do you go about celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Potter-verse?
As ‘Harry Potter’ Turns 20, J.K. Rowling Thanks Her Fans on Twitter
As ‘Harry Potter’ Turns 20, J.K. Rowling Thanks Her Fans on Twitter
Two decades ago, could any of us have predicted the future that awaited Harry Potter? One massively successful book expanded to seven, which begat a theme park, a universe’s worth of merchandising, eight films, a play, and a new tangentially related franchise. And for those fans who still want more Potter, there is Pottermore.
A ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Handwritten By J.K. Rowling Has Been Stolen
A ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Handwritten By J.K. Rowling Has Been Stolen
J.K. Rowling is a pretty gracious woman. Beyond giving us the Wizarding World, regularly answering Harry Potter fan questions on Twitter, and annually apologizing for character deaths, she also gives back a little. In 2008, the author wrote an idea for a Potter prequel and auctioned it off to raise funds for a literacy charity. Now someone has stolen that rare prequel, because the world is full of ungrateful muggles.
Jason Isaacs Nearly Turned Down ‘Harry Potter’ Because He Didn’t Want to Play Another Villain
Jason Isaacs Nearly Turned Down ‘Harry Potter’ Because He Didn’t Want to Play Another Villain
While not exactly a household name, Jason Isaacs has very quietly put together an impressive resume of villains over his 30 years in Hollywood. Anyone who was in high school in the late ’90s will remember him from Mel Gibson’s The Patriot  —  I can’t possibly be the only person who had a lazy substitute history teacher, right?  —  but he’s also worked regularly in film and television, from frequent collaborations with Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson to his most memorable role in the Harry Potter franchise. Often evil, always great.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Preparing to Apparate Onto Broadway
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Preparing to Apparate Onto Broadway
As limey wizard Newt Scamander continues to traipse about America’s magical underground at the cinema with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, another enchanted British import prepares to cross the Atlantic. Just because mega-selling novels have long since ended, the Harry Potter business hasn’t stopped booming, and its latest gold mine is the stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The production has routinely sold out showings at the Palace Theatre in London’s storied West End, and the producers are now gearing up to bring the play stateside in the hopes that their fabulous success will follow them to the Great White Way.
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Review: An Inventive Return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Review: An Inventive Return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World
How do you make a successful Harry Potter prequel without Harry Potter? J.K. Rowling’s new spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, travels back nearly 70 years to 1926 before the events of the first Potter movie to tell a whole new story in a new setting with (almost) all new characters. Reviving the magical universe from the second biggest franchise of all time is a pretty risky move, but Fantastic Beasts does a good job of blending the familiar with the new.

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