Today we celebrate Harry Potter, since the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published exactly twenty years ago on the 26th of June 1997. Bloomsbury released special house editions for the occasion.
You’ll see Harry Potter pop up basically everywhere and The Story Burrow has no intention of being an exception. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, I’m sharing my 20 most favourite Harry Potter moments from the entire series. You can read part one first, or start part two immediately and turn to the other post later, if you feel like. It goes without saying that this post contains spoilers.
Exactly twenty years ago, on the 26th of June 1997, a little children’s book that wasn’t supposed to make any money was published. Back then, nobody expected the sales of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone to go way beyond the initial print-run of 500 hardback copies, let alone to have a profound impact on the book trade. As soon as newspapers started noticing the book and awarded it with glowing reviews, the sales went through the roof. Today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of the best-selling titles of all time.
In celebration of twenty years Harry Potter Bloombury released special anniversary editions of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. For the very first time you can buy your favourite children’s book in your house colours. It’s total bliss.
Across the world 26 June 2017 is set to be a Harry Potter day with thousands of events planned in bookshops and libraries, on Youtube, social media and bookblogs. It will be extremely hard to avoid the magic if you are crazy enough to want to do so. I, for one, am more than glad to do my bit in celebration of every reader’s favourite wizard. In no particular order, here are my 20 favourite moments from the Harry Potter series. It goes without saying that it will contain spoilers.