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The World of Harry Potter Turns 20: Birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997

Harry Potter series will celebrate 20th anniversary on Monday with the first book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (later renamed “Sorcerer’s Stone” for the US market), which introduced the boy wizard and a magical cast of supporting characters, on this day in 1997. This book by J.K. Rowling finally succeeded after a series of rebuffs from publishers, and the book became the first instalment of a seven-novel series that sold 450 million copies worldwide and spawned eight blockbuster films.

In all, the seven volumes of the saga, translated into 79 languages ​​in 200 countries, have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

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

The movies have netted $7.2 billion (6.4 billion euros) worldwide, the books $7.7 billion, and merchandise $7.3 billion dollars, according to data from dating from September 2016.

The Harry Potter studios in Leavesden, invites fans to immerse themselves in Potter-world at a permanent exhibition, welcoming 6,000 visitors a day.

There are also theme parks created by Universal Studio in Orlando, Florida, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan. VisitScotland, the Scotland Tourist Board, has set up a four-day guided tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands via the Glenfinnan or Edinburgh Viaduct, which feature in the saga.

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