Twenty years ago, a writer took book lovers across the world on a magical journey with a boy wizard named Harry potter and his two friends, changing the face of children’s literature forever. After years of rejection letters, British author J.K. Rowling finally published the first volume of the Harry Potter saga 20 years ago. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was first published on June 26 1997 and has since it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages.The seven books were adapted into eight movies, with the last volume “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” divided into two feature films. Looking back on her spectacular journey, Rowling tweeted, “20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.
”Fans of Harry Potter took to social media to celebrate the milestone with ’20 years of Harry Potter’ trending on Twitter while Facebook introduced a special feature for all Potterheads.The Potter universe now encompasses theme parks in the United States and Japan and a permanent exhibition at London’s Warner Bros Studios, helping to turn Rowling into a multi-millionaire.Conjured up on a 1990 train journey between Manchester and London, the saga follows a young wizard named Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, led by headmaster Albus Dumbledore.The main plot revolves around Harry’s fight against Lord Voldemort, a dark lord of magic in search of immortality who murdered Potter’s parents when he was still a baby.