Launching of First Harry Potter Book
On 30 June 1997, eighteen years ago, the bookshops received Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone, the first book of a series of seven fantasy novels written by J.K. Rowling about the adventures of a young wizard who studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fights against the evil Lord Voldemort with the help of his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.
In this first novel we meet the principal character, Harry Potter, who discovers his magical heritage and learns that his parents were killed by Voldemort. We also meet his very best friends and his enemies.
The book was published by Bloomsbury in London with the title we all know, but in the U.S. it appeared under the title <em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer´s Stone. The series has been translated into 73 languages and has won lots of prizes dedicated to children´s literature… but it must be said that adults also enjoy his fabulous adventures.
Since then Harry Potter´s stories have gained immense popularity and, literally, millions of fans. Not only films have been made about his magic world, but there´s even theme areas dedicated to it at several Universal Parks Resorts theme parks. Currently, 450 million copies of all the books have been sold worldwide according to 2015 statistics, so it´s the best-selling book series in history.
But do you know where this fantasy universe really began? It was in an Edinburgh cafŽ called The Elephant House. It was not the only place where she wrote, but it was the one where she spent most of the time creating Potter´s world in the mid 90´s. If you travel to Scotland´s capital you can visit the place and take a photo at the front of the window where there´s a huge banner that says: ÒBirthplace of Harry PotterÓ.
And, who knows, perhaps you get magically inspired and write a new literature masterpiece!
By David Pulido Suarez
Student at CET Services