JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Nick Sanchez
June 28, 2017

Still, for the Harry Potter nerds out there (myself very much included), it's a fun way to celebrate J.K. Rowling and the series that changed childhoods everywhere around the world twenty years ago. It's hard to think of a multi-media franchise in history that ever turned out to be quite as popular as Harry Potter.

The seven books were adapted into eight movies, with the last volume Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows divided into two feature films.

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and both Facebook and Google made a decision to add some magic to the day and celebrate Potter's birthday in their own ways.

To celebrate this anniversary, Google Earth's storytelling platform, Voyager, takes you on a global tour (no portkey needed) of real-world places inspired from and by the Harry Potter universe.

The Philosopher's Stone was released in the United Kingdom on May 26th, 1997 and soon the world fell in love with Harry Potter. "It's been wonderful. Thank you", Rowling wrote early Monday.

Rowling's follow-up to The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, was published the following year in 1998, while Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban was published in 1999.

A girl waves a wand at the Harry Potter trolley at Kings Cross Station, in London, Britain June 26, 2017.

Fans on Twitter are expressing their celebratory messages with the hashtag #HarryPotter20, which includes an emoji showing the famous Potter glasses and scar.

And there's always more to learn about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Its author JK Rowling famously wrote the book in cafes in her home town of Edinburgh, whilst bringing up a young child on income support.

On her part, USA tourist, Leanne Zaug, said, "I love Harry Potter".

The edition of J.K. Rowling's debut novel has exclusive book cover designs based on the four Hogwarts houses - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

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