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The 7-tome series about the adventures of a young wizard and two of his closest friends has achieved unprecedented success and lived to see a film adaptation. Although more than 20 years have passed since the release of the first book, the series continues to enjoy unflagging popularity among both young and slightly older readers.



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The first tome of the series entitled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was released on 26th June 1997.

In the US the book was entitled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, because in American English “philosopher” is referred to as a scholar of philosophy, and the stone was the work of an alchemist.

Perhaps the story of the young wizard would not have been written if it were not for a delayed train.

It was during the unexpectedly extended trip to London that Rowling came up with the general outline of the novel and the main character of the series.

The process of creating the first tome spanned five years.

The first vision of the story was born in J. K. Rowling’s head in 1990, but it was not until 1995 that she completed the first part of the series.

Initially, Rowling had trouble getting her work published.

The typescript she submitted was rejected by 12 publishers. It wasn’t until the London-based Bloomsbury publishing house decided to publish the book.

J. K. Rowling runs an online site dedicated to Harry Potter.

The site is called Pottermore and has been in existence since 2012.

In 2019, the website was moved to WizardingWorld.com. The community of Pottermaniacs continues to grow, as the magical story enchants more and more muggles each year.

Harry Potter’s birthday is the same day as the author of his story.

J. K. Rowling and Harry were both born on the 31st of July.

The first part of the adventures of the young wizard was written entirely on a typewriter.
The inventor of the philosopher’s stone, Nicolas Flamel, who appears in the story, really existed.

Flamel was a French alchemist who lived in the 14th century.

Of the three main characters, only Hermione graduated from Hogwarts.
The headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, was homosexual.

The author only revealed this in 2007 during a meeting with fans.

It was heavily implied he was romantically involved with his childhood friend, and a mortal enemy in adult life, Gellert Grindelwald.

Harry Potter and Voldemort were not only linked by prophecy but also by blood ties.

Both were descendants of the Peverell brothers – the first owners of the Deathly Hallows.

Albus Dumbledore in the Mirror of Erised did not see socks, but his family.

This information was also given by Rowling.

Dumbledore was haunted by his sister’s death. Ariana died during his standoff with Grindelwald and Albus did not know which one of them cast the killing curse on her.

The education of wizards at Hogwarts is paid by the Ministry of Magic.
The death of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks in the series finale was dictated by the author’s desire to end the story as she began it.

It was about the couple’s son, Teddy, who, like the title character, was left an orphaned boy. J. K. Rowling revealed this to fans in 2016.

Moaning Myrtle, a teenager killed by basilisk 50 years before the events of the second volume, was named Myrtle Elizabeth Warren when she was alive.
The Sorting Hat was usually able to assign new students to specific houses without any problems.

Three people are known to have had problems with the sorting ceremony. They are Minerva McGonagall, Peter Pettigrew, and Harry Potter.

When it comes to Harry, the reason may have been a part of Voldemort’s soul that latched onto him the night the dark wizard tried to kill the boy.

As Rowling stated, Voldemort was incapable of love and mercy, because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion.

His mother seduced her husband and continuously fed him the love potion for several years. Once she stopped, her husband left her and baby Tom to their fates.

Rowling was broke when she started writing the first tome.

She did not expect the success the series would achieve. Her story is a perfect example of the phrase from rags to riches – she is the richest book author with a net worth of $1 billion.

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