Harry Potter Saga: first book in the franchise turns 25 years old; see more
One of the most successful sagas in the world, attracts fans to this day
This Sunday, the 26th, the book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”first in the franchise, will complete 25 years. written by english J.K. Rowlingthe story became a worldwide phenomenon, being one of the best-selling works of all time.
The founder of Bloomsbury Publishing, Nigel Newton, took home in 1997 a manuscript by the then-unknown writer. Her daughter Alice described it as “possibly one of the best books an 8 or 9 year old could read”.
Initially JK faced rejection on the work, until Bloombury took over her work with a £2,500 advance to the writer. THE first print run was 1000 copieshalf of which are destined for libraries.
The story then became a huge hit around the world, spawning over 400 million copies in 200 territories and 69 languages, according to Agence France Presse. The franchise has seven books and eight films that marked a generation.
Harry Potter and the legion of fans around the world
The Harry Potter saga has become the most profitable film franchise in history. According to Warner Studios, she is ahead of the Star Wars and James Bond sagas, with a profit of $6.4 billion raised.
Harry Potter has also given rise to an infinity of products: (clothes, accessories, video games, toys, among others), which generate income calculated at at least $1 billion annually.
Orlando theme park (USA)
In addition to the products, the franchise has a theme park called: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (The Enchanted World of Harry Potter) located in Orlando (Florida), which had an investment of US$ 200 million and attracts a large audience annually.
The park’s goal is to bring some of the experience of the produced films to fans with various themed story elements. The park has restaurants with food portrayed in the movies and paths taken by Harry Potter throughout the saga.