The Harry Potter book series was a staple for a generation of children. As the books were coming out, so were the films. However, this post is about the release of the books that lead to a multimillion media empire for J.K. Rowling.
Even now, kids who have always struggled to get into reading have been slaying the Harry Potter books and embracing the series like the generation before did, but without the constant film releases on top.
The Release Of The Harry Potter Book Series
- The Philosopher’s Stone (UK/rest of the world)/Sorcerer’s Stone (US) (1997)
- Chamber of Secrets (1998)
- Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
- Goblet of Fire (2000)
- Order of the Phoenix (2003) – dedicated to JK’s then-newborn daughter Mackenzie
- Half-Blood Prince (2005)
- Deathly Hallows (2007)
Just for good measure, the Harry Potter 800-word prequel story about James Potter and Sirius Black was released for charity in 2008. However, the story is still available on Muggle Net for anyone who wants to read it.
Since the first book was released in 1997, the Harry Potter books have received numerous new covers over the years. We’re lucky to have books with the original covers. It was also a time we grew up in, along with the movies being released alongside them.
In conclusion, it does seem quite surreal that when the first film came out in 2001, there were only four books, with the fifth being written and being released between the releases of the second and third films. It is just a shame that all the larger books weren’t given the same respect as the small books were.