“Abra-Ka-Dabra“, the spell you may have tried as a child or even try now in the belief that something magical is going to happen. Right?
Hearing the words magic, wizards, magic spells, sorcery, etc. almost immediately, a name pops into everyone’s mind, Harry Potter. One of the most critically acclaimed and fan favorite “Harry Potter” film series is the adaptation of the novel series of the same name.
JK Rowling, the British author and philanthropist is the creator of the famous Harry Potter series of novels. The idea for the majestic wizarding world came to Rowling’s mind during a delayed train journey from Manchester to King’s Cross in London in 1990. Initially, she started the story with three characters, namely Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. , and then wrote the story in the form of 7 books around these characters over the next 6 years.
The story is about a little boy, Harry Potter, who lives in a cupboard under the stairs with his mean aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, in Privet Drive, Surrey, England. At the age of 11, the boy discovers that he is not an ordinary human but a wizard. A half-giant named Hagrid invites him to attend the famous school of witchcraft and sorcery, Hogwarts. And thereafter, the book series unveils the life story of Harry Potter on his journey to becoming a great wizard.
In 1993 she went to Edinburgh, Scotland, with all three chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone locked in its suitcase. After being rejected by 12 major publishing houses, finally, a small publishing house “Bloomsbury” agreed to publish a thousand copies of the first book. Just days after its publication, the book became a Bestseller in 1997 and won many prestigious awards like Nestlé Smarties Book Award and the British Book Award for Children’s book of the year. With its multiple translations into other languages, the book became a rage among fans and quickly spread like fire across the world.
And since it was first published, the Harry Potter books have broken many records over the years. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when released in 2007, became the best-selling book of all time, selling around 2.65 million copies within 24 hours of its UK release. The Harry Potter series has sold over 500 million copies and been published in no less than 80 languages so far. With the adaptation of the book series into movies, it has now become a billion dollar franchise and also has 4 theme parks in Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan, Hollywood Universal Studiosand Universal Studios Beijing.
According Forbes, in 2011, JK Rowling became a billionaire author but soon after she donated much of her wealth to charity. Even today, despite her philanthropic activities, she remains on the Forbes list of most powerful celebrities and highest paid authorsglobally.
Amazingly, the world of magic and sorcery created by JK Rowling transformed her real world like magic.