It’s one of biggest books to ever be written. We’ve all read it. We’ve all watched the movies. If you haven’t, then you’ve at least heard of it because it’s located everywhere. I’m talking about the Harry Potter series that everyone has grown to love over the years. Somehow, it still finds a way to keep going to this day.
On this day, July 31st, in 1965, the author of the Harry Potter series, Joanne Rowling, is introduced to their world. Born near Bristol, England, J.K. Rowling never would’ve imagined that her story idea would soon turn into one of the most loved and cherished stories told in a long time. In fact, it would go on to become an international blockbuster and sold over 400 million copies and translated into nearly 60 different languages. That’s a lot of different people reading one story. Later, the books would turn into a series of films, video games and other merchandise that has added to Rowling becoming more and wealthier every day.
J.K. Rowling always had a knack for language, which she started to take seriously in college. She attended the University of Exeter in England and studied the language of French before working for Amnesty International in London, a human-rights organization. She was also a language instructor in Portugal at the same time.
Oddly enough, the whole idea for the hit story of Harry Potter came to her while riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She began putting pen to paper that very night and the beginning of the first book was now underway. She would later finish the book in Edinburgh, Scotland where she was living at the time as a single mother. She was having a hard time financially and was also battling depression every day. Believe it or not, her story would actually get shot down by a number of publishers. It would finally get picked up by Bloomsbury Publishing in August of 1996.
She would later debut her first book in Great Britain in 1997. It was titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It wasn’t renamed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone until the following year, when it was released in the United States. The book follows a wizard named Harry Potter who lives an adventure with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter finds himself in a constant battle with his enemy, Lord Voldemort, who killed both of his parents.
Nearly four years after being released in the United States, the first film is released and ends up being a huge box-office hit. Played by Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter quickly became everyone’s favorite character and J.K. Rowling was now a household name. It’s crazy how one little idea you have on the train can turn you into one of the most known authors of your time. Crazy.
The Harry Potter series would end up going seven books long and became the most successful series of books ever.