It may be hard to believe fellow Potterheads but Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turns 20 today. That’s right, 20 years ago today the first book in J.K. Rowling’s magical and immensely popular series about The Boy Who Lived released under the name Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the United Kingdom. The rest, as they say, is history.
Taking to Twitter, Rowling expressed her gratitude for the book’s reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary. You can see what Rowling had to say below.
20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017
Of course, given that it’s such a momentous anniversary for readers across the world, the hashtag #HarryPotter20 has been circulating and trending on Twitter in honor of the occasion. Numerous pop culture, media companies, and fans have also taken a moment to celebrate the book’s release. You can see a few of their tweets below.
— Pottermore (@pottermore) June 26, 2017
Potter Time ⚡️🤓 #HarryPotter20
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) June 26, 2017
Banished like a tinker's cuss, we say to thee Expelliarmus!
— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) June 26, 2017
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) June 26, 2017
— Reading Rainbow (@readingrainbow) June 26, 2017
With seven books, eight movies, a play, numerous spin-off books, a spin-off movie, theme parks, merchandise, and so much more, Harry Potter has been ingrained in our society since he first crawled out from the cupboard under the stairs. And even though it’s been 20 years, the magic of Harry Potter still inspires adults and children alike and will do so for years to come.
With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series ramping up, Potterheads of all kinds will be able to continually revisit the extraordinary world Rowling released to all of us two decades ago.
Fantastic Beasts 2 will cast its magic on audiences on November 16, 2018. Its cast includes Eddie Redmayne as Newton Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander.
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.