14-year partnership has been stunningly successful
Thursday’s announcement of the expanded partnership between J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. — inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — comes 14 years after the first formal agreement to launch the Harry Potter franchise.
Two years earlier, David Heyman’s London office had discovered Rowling’s first book. A chronology to a stunningly successful partnership:
1997: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” published on June 30. Heyman begins efforts to secure the film rights. It would be re-named “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S.
1999: Warner Bros. and Rowling agree to a deal for films based on the first four books.
2001: First Potter movie opens in November and grosses $974 million.
2002: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” opens in November and grosses $878 million. Chris Columbus returns as the director.
2004: Alfsono Cuaron directs “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which opens in June and grosses $790 million — the lowest total in the series.
2005: MIke Newell directs “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which grosses $900 million.
2007: David Yates directs “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which grosses $940 million. Yates goes on to direct the last three films.
2007: Plans announced for a theme park, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Orlando. The park opens in 2010.
2008: Warner Bros. announces it will make two films from the final “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book.
2009: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” grosses $940 million.
2010: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” opens and grosses $960 million.
2011: The final film opens and becomes by far the most successful title with $1.34 billion in worldwide grosses. Final total for the series is $7.1 billion.
April 2013: Los Angeles County supervisors approve plans for a “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park, replacing the Gibson Ampitheater.
September 2013: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” partnership announced.