20 years ago today we were introduced to the world of wizardry. June 26, 1998 "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" was published in the United States. A year earlier, the novel had been released in Great Britain as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone." J.K. Rowling’s book series produce eight movies and introduced us to muggles, Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort. On this 20th anniversary, Scholastic is reissuing all seven Harry Potter books with brand-new cover illustrations by. Plus, USA Today has a list of 20 fun facts about the boy wizard and his creator including:
- The Harry Potter book series has sold 500 million copies worldwide; 180 million copies here in the U.S.
- The first hardcover printing of "Sorcerer’s Stone" by Scholastic in September 1998 was 50,000 copies. If you have a first edition it could be worth as much as $2,500. Only 500 copies of "Philosopher’s Stone" were printed, and are much more valuable.
- The British publisher suggested Joanne Rowling not use that name so boy readers wouldn’t know she was a woman which is why the author is known as J.K. Rowling.
- A struggling single mother at the time of the first book, The The New York Timesestimate's J.K. Rowling's worth at $1.2 billion.
Check out the rest of the 20 facts by clicking through to the USA Today here.