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On 26 June 1997, an unknown Scottish author named Joanne Rowling released her first novel.
Just 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone were printed, but it was the beginning of a worldwide phenomenon that would fascinate both children and adults for decades.
Today, seven books and eight movies later, Rowling’s magical world continues to inspire and encourage new generations of Harry Potter lovers.
What was once a figment of an author’s imagination has become a series of novels, eight box-office hit movies, and a number of major attractions (you can go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in America, Japan, Europe and beyond). It has amassed a cult following of loyal “muggles” (non-magic folk) both online and in real life.
Separately, the novels and the movies have grossed over $7.7 billion each, making J.K. Rowling one of the richest and most successful authors of all time.
From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade, Platform 9 and 3/4 and The Burrow, Rowling has created a world that is wonderful and engaging because it meshes so well with our own. It’s as easy to comprehend the existence of a hidden platform at London Kings Cross station as it is an ancient magical village in the wild and windswept highlands of Scotland.
Whether it’s the thrill of shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley, boarding the Hogwarts Express, or attending a potions class, Rowling brings us into the world of Harry Potter and makes us feel like we belong.
The trials and lessons faced by Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, challenge us and force us to contemplate the big questions about life, love, friendship, loyalty, destiny, and even death. So whether your love of Harry Potter comes from reading the books, seeing the movies, or a bit of both, we’ve put together a list of the best and most magical quotes from the series.