It Happened On #49

Rise and shine people! It’s time for an early Friday edition of It Happened On

It happened on November 16 2001…The first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, debuts. It went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies in history

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, debuted in Great Britain in 1997 and was released in the United States the following year under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Children and adults alike were captivated by the story, the adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry’s struggles against his main enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort

Rowling first got the idea for Harry Potter while she was riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She began writing the first book that night and finished it while living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she struggled financially as a single mother and battled depression. Her completed manuscript was turned down by a number of publishers before she got a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 1996. Rowling went on to pen a total of seven Harry Potter novels, all of which became international blockbusters, selling more than 400 million copies and being translated into some 60 languages in all. The books also spawned a series of movies, video games and other merchandise that made Rowling one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry

To date, the Harry Potter films are the most financially successful series in history, having surpassed both the Star Wars and James Bond franchises

Also on November 16 2000, Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War

I don’t like Harry Potter books or movies but added that for my readers. Chances are my readers do

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3 thoughts on “It Happened On #49

  1. The best It Happened On so far!! 😉 I love the movies, though I’ve never read any of her books. I rented the first movie in 2002 when it was released on *video*, and then my family bought it for me for my birthday that June. 🙂 I bought the whole 8 disc set from amazon.com in February (this year) for $49. Woo-flippin-hoo! Love ’em.

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