Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”
“Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author J.K. Rowling
“Quidditch Through the Ages”
Recognize these kids?
2001 Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone”
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Harry Potter worldwide
The Cuckoo’s Calling
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 released her first adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” in 2012. BBC will release the miniseries in 2014.
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.
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.
“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.
Jo Rowling started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey.
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 Along with interactive games and unpublished material by Rowling, the site was the first to sell the Harry Potter series as e-books.
“Quidditch Through the Ages” was published in 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. It is also one of Harry Potter’s favorite school books.
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.”
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.
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.
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.