JK Rowling, the celebrated author of the road-breaking Harry Potter book series, has her name written down in the annals of literary history. Everyone, of all age groups and beyond geographical borders, has been touched by the charm of this magical story. Harry Potter books can boast of occupying the number one position at the top of the best-seller lists of The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. The last in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is no exception.
It would be appropriate here to give some background on the author of these books. Joanne Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After graduating from the University of Exeter, she began working as a secretary and then went on to teach English in Portugal. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children. His most notable achievements include winning the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Whitbread Award for Best Children’s Book.
It was in 1998 in the United States when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. With this, we witnessed the Potter-mania engulfing the entire nation, with both children and parents wanting to read the same books! The rest were published in rapid succession, and by the fall of 1999, two new books had appeared. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released on July 8, 2000, and within 48 hours of its release, around three million copies were sold to become the best-selling book ever. This title was claimed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when it was released on June 21, 2003.
Warner Bros, the film production company has the rights to create films on all the Harry Potter books published so far. Rowling’s Harry Potter books have been translated into 63 languages and distributed in more than 200 countries. In addition, the five books published so far have appeared on the bestseller list in the United States, Great Britain and around the world.