Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is a full 20 years old..
Its actually hard to believe that 20 years ago children and adults all around the world jumped into the amazing and incredible story of the boy who lived, and now we have wonderful movies, stage shows and countless stunning art well written fan-fictions and millions of fans, I don’t think J.K Rowling expected that her little novel would become so loved around the world by almost everyone who read it.
While I wasn’t there at the start, I certainly remember people talking about it and the gossip of the films and or who would play who, I jumped into the wagon of Potter just after Goblet of Fire was released and very quickly read through the first three books over a weekend at my dads house before reading the fourth the following weekend, I had tried to listen to the audio-books read by Stephen Fry but I had to read the books..
I remember when movie one was released and going to it with glee with a good friend of mine at the time, it was exciting and amazing to see these characters we only imagined come to life on the screen in front of us, many of who we all imagined would play this character or that character, and obviously watching with nerves at the brand new stars taking on the trio..
Eight films later, its hard to imagine anyone else to play Harry but Daniel Radcliffe and who could ever take over the role of Professor Snape but Alan Rickman, and I now sit down with my children and let them watch the films and one day when they get a bit older I will hand over my well read, much loved books to them so they can enjoy the full story behind the boy who lived, the books that helped their mum deal with college and over come certain things from her past, and one day they will share the books to their own children
I feel old, knowing that this book, the book i saw launch is now 20 years old, but the story itself will continue being read by new eyes and new fans enter the world of Harry Potter like I did all those years ago.
Disclaimer – Yes I am in Hufflepuff! feel the pride 😉