2001 Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone”
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Harry Potter worldwide
Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”
Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”
“Quidditch Through the Ages”
“The Casual Vacancy”
The Cuckoo’s Calling
“Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”
Jo Rowling started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey.
“Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone” was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997, under the name J.K. Rowling. The “K,” for Kathleen, her paternal grandmother’s name, was added at the publisher’s request who thought that a woman’s name would not appeal to young boys. A first printing of this book, along with an autographed photo and note, was sold at auction for almost $12,000.
In August 2000, Daniel Radcliffe was tapped to play Harry Potter by Warner Bros. after seven-month search by producer David Heyman and writer Steve Kloves. Newcomers Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were also cast and production began in September.
J.K. Rowling with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson at the London world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 2001 (called “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S.)
Producer David Heyman, who secured film rights, and director Chris Columbus with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint at the 2002 New York premiere of the second film, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Book parties were held whenever Rowling released another edition of Potter. Harry Potter is the best-selling series of all time.
The Harry Potter series has also been translated into 67 languages, and has numerous merchandise tie-ins.
Rowling was estimated to be worth $1B by Forbes in 2011. But because of charitable giving and the high taxes in the U.K. (no, not death eaters), she was no longer a member of the billionaire’s club.
Film’s stars Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps previewed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at the Universal Orlando. The park opened in June 2010.
Rowling with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, producer David Heyman, Rupert Grint and WB’s Barry Meyer at the premiere of the last Harry Potter film in Trafalgar Square in 2011.
Rowling unveiled the Pottermore website in 2011, partnering with Sony. Along with interactive games and unpublished material by Rowling, the site was the first to sell the Harry Potter series as e-books.
Hogwarts Castle on display at the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios, which opened in 2012. The studio includes actual sets and special effects departments where the films were shot.
Rowling published “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” which is mentioned throughout the Potter series, in 2008.
“Quidditch Through the Ages” was published in 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. It is also one of Harry Potter’s favorite school books.
Rowling released her first adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” in 2012. BBC will release the miniseries in 2014.
J.K. Rowling was revealed to be the writer of a mystery novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” in 2013. Writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, her identity was leaked by a friend of a partner at her law firm. She has since won a lawsuit against the firm.
Rowling will make her screenwriting debut adapting her “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them,” in a deal with Warner Bros. that extends to new movies, distribution rights to a “The Casual Vacancy” miniseries and new theme park attractions.