I find this hard to believe, but 2017 will mark 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. Who else feels old?
To mark the milestone, publishers Bloomsbury have announced four new Hogwarts House Editions of the first of JK Rowling’s books.
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin will feature the house shield illustrated on the jacket, bespoke extra content and “stunning” sprayed edges in house colours.
There’s also going to be a special exhibition at The British Library about the magic of Harry Potter, which will open on October 20th 2017. It will be the first British Library exhibition inspired by a single series of books by a living author.
The exhibition will take readers on a “spellbinding journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories”. The collection will showcase the history of magic across the world, using an “extraordinary” range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine “fascinating” treasures from the British Library’s collections with previously-unseen material from the Bloomsbury and JK Rowling archives.
Rowling’s publishers Blomsbury says they’ll announce more plans to mark this “milestone moment” later in the year.
Monday 26th June 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Bloomsbury. From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in a small cafe in Edinburgh, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the book that started a “global phenomenon”, starting with an initial hardback print run of just 500 copies, which has now gone on to sell over 450m units worldwide in 79 different languages.