JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

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Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997.

NY [U.S.], June 26: The first installment of the Harry Potter seven-book series celebrates its 20th anniversary today, making it truly a joyous day for potterheads across the globe.

The immensely popular seven-book series has been translated into 79 languages and has sold over 400 million copies worldwide, and on top of that the franchise has churned out blockbuster films, theme parks, successful video games and merchandise. The world of Harry Potter, much to the delight of fans, however, did not end with the culmination of books and movies.

20 years ago a little boy has changed everything.

"I'm a fan myself so it's really nice to come in and be with people that are all into the same things that you're into", she said.

Some of the books were even released for sake at midnight, causing thousands of kids to skip bedtime to excitedly queue at bookstores that remained open all night. Here's a look at how Rowling is keeping the Wizarding World alive for fans old and new.

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On her part, US tourist, Leanne Zaug, said, "I love Harry Potter". Potter's own name showed up in red, given that he's a member of Gryffindor.

She explained on her website Pottermore that Harry was named after his great-grandfather Henry who was left out of the 28 British families of pure magic blood because of his outspoken support of humans or muggles. To this, Severus Snape would have said, "Always". "Rowling/e/B000AP9A6K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1498525517&sr=8-2-ent" target="_blank">J.K. Rowling is thanking fans for their support.

"After all these years..."

We're truly in love with these tributes, and will keep on reading them.

Both Twitter and Facebook also introduced new features to mark the anniversary of the first installment in the series.