There are two types of people in this world. Those who believe in magic and those who don't. Thankfully, twenty years ago, the believers amongst us got some new recruits thanks to J.K.Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone made it's debut on September 20, 2008. In twenty years, the series has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, and has made J. K. Rowling a billionaire. But more importantly, it reminded us of our love of books and our love of magic.
This fall, I've got a few idea son how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. First, you can go see with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now on Broadway. Second you can check out the new the British Library’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, opening at the New-York Historical Society. And finally, now is the time to plan a trip to London to take the official studio tour.
Why obsess about all things Potter? It's simply a trend that won't end. And it's a trend that brings families together. The Harry Potter books have sold more than 180 million copies in the U.S. alone and more than 500 million copies worldwide. Did you know: The books are published in more than 200 territories in 80 languages.
Ways to Celebrate 20 Years of Harry Potter
To celebrate this masterpiece of fiction, you could start by re-reading the entire set. Or if you've managed to not tear through all seven books, you can start fresh. Buy the complete boxed set here.
After the books are read, it's time for a movie marathon. My favorite might be The Deathly Hallows Part 1. Director David Yates really shows the humanity of the magical creatures. It's a dark, dark movie, but so expertly acted. Momtrends Tip: Over the years, we've also shared a lot of Potter crafts, like this Harry Potter bookmark.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibit
In New York City, Potterheads can check out the American debut of the British Library's most successful exhibition "Harry Potter: A History of Magic."
I'll be heading to see the exhibit in a few weeks. I'm excited to see the rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library. I'm especially intrigued to see the items from J.K. Rowling’s own archives.
On my visit I'm going to take a look at Rowling’s handwritten first drafts of The Philosopher’s Stone and Deathly Hallows, her hand-drawn sketch of the Hogwarts grounds, and portraits and sketches of some of the Hogwarts’s professors and magical creatures created by British illustrator Jim Kay. I want to see how this geniuses mind works.
Showing HOW this work came to life is mesmerizing. I learned about this grid from https://www.milanote.com/the-work/how-jk-rowling-mapped-out-the-plot-of-harry-potter. To plan the fifth novel in the series (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) Rowling created this hand written "spreadsheet" to map out the plot points spanning Harry Potter's fifth year at Hogwarts. Here's what Rowling says:
Details: Exhibition on view October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019 Get ticket info here https://harrypotter.nyhistory.org/ 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I loved this Broadway show. For lovers of the books and the movie, it continues the story. It's a multi-award winning show and a bit of Broadway magic. Read the full Momtrends review here https://www.momtrends.com/travel/harry-potter-cursed-child-review
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Harry Potter Studio Tour London
While more ambitious families might try to squeeze in more into a day, we opted to make the Harry Potter tour the BIG part of our day in London. You should also see the London Eye and go to tea, but this tour can't be rushed. You'll need about 3.5 hours for the tour, plus time to shop.
Tell me friends, how are you celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter?
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