About Harry Potter Books

Harry Potter is a popular series of novels by British author Joan K. Rowling. Each of the novels describes one year in the life of the main character, a boy wizard named Harry Potter. All seven parts became bestsellers and were translated into many languages. The total circulation of the books was more than 300 million copies - more than any other series of children's books. 

The idea for the first book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) came to the writer's mind in 1990 while she was taking a train from Manchester to London. The train suddenly stopped halfway between the two cities, and when she looked out the train window, she saw a skinny boy with big glasses. Immediately upon her arrival, Rowling began writing. She often wrote a book in her favorite cafe in Edinburgh, drinking cup after cup of coffee.

While writing, she survived her mother's death from multiple sclerosis, went to Portugal to teach English, married playboy Jorge Arantes there, had a daughter, divorced her husband, returned to England (where she continued to write while living on unemployment) and became depressed. During the depression, Rowling had the idea of dementors, creatures that suck the joy out of people. The theme of her parents' death in the book arose in Rowling under the impression of her mother's death.

For a long time various publishers rejected the manuscript one after another, until in 1995 the small Bloomsbury publisher agreed to accept the book. It was published on June 26, 1997.

There is a widespread belief that the book became popular because of extremely vigorous publicity. In reality, the little publisher had no reason to run an advertising campaign for a children's book by an unknown author, and no money for such a campaign. Much less did Joan Rowling herself, a poor single mother at the time, have money for advertising campaigns. The book became popular because of the positive reviews and because readers recommended it to each other. Unexpectedly for publishers (and probably for Rowling herself) the book became a huge hit and a bestseller. Rowling began to write sequels, and the following books became even more popular than the first.

Withal, on our website you can download and read all 7 Harry Potter books. Go for it! 👇

Harry Potter: The Prequel

Book One: The Harry Potter Prequel is an 800-word story written by J. K. Rowling, and was published online on June 11th, 2008. Set three years before the birth of Harry Potter, the story recounts an adventure had by Sirius Black and James Potter.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Book Two:Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In June 2016, Potter in the Park was created to celebrate the joys and legacy of everything Harry Potter. Now, four years later, we here at Potter in the Park have decided to expand the event to encompass fandoms of all shapes and sizes. Not Myself Day is a day for everyone to come, not as they are, but as they dream to be in their wildest imagination. 

Note: This is a completely fan created festival, managed by a 501c3 non profit, run by volunteers, and supports other non profits and activities in the operating area. Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for this event.


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