A bewitching tale
THE following are the events in the Harry Potter saga, leading up to the release of the seventh film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, now playing in Malaysian cinemas and much of the world.
1995: In Edinburgh, J.K. Rowling completes the manuscript of her first Harry Potter story, called Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.
1996: Bloomsbury accepts the manuscript for publication. The Scottish Arts Council gives Rowling a grant to work on her books.
1997: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is published in July and in the United States as Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone in October 1998.
July 1998: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secret is published by Bloomsbury and goes straight into the No.1 slot in Book Track bestseller list.
October 1998: Warner Bros secures film rights to the first two books for a seven-figure sum.
July 1999: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is published by Bloomsbury.
July 2000: Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire is published. Some 372,775 hardback copies of the book are sold in British bookshops and Internet sites when it is released on July 8, dwarfing previous records.
November 2001: The film of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is released in Britain and the United States.
November 2002: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets film version is released in Britain and the United States. In Britain, the film earned US$15.7mil (RM60mil) in its first weekend, edging past the original’s record by about US$300,000 (RM1.14mil)
June 2003: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is published in Britain and the United States. The fifth book in the series, sells more than five million copies in its first day.
June 2004: Film of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is released taking US$92.7mil (RM35.2mil) in the United States. The three-day haul for the new film surpasses the US$90.3mil (RM29mil) for Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (as the movie was called in North America) in November 2001, and the US$88.4mil (RM343mil) launch for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets a year later.
July 2005: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, the sixth volume of the Harry Potter saga, sells more than 8.9 million copies in its first 24 hours in the United States and Britain.
November 2005: The film of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire opens with new additions to the cast, including Ralph Fiennes as the evil Lord Voldemort, who helped give the film a darker tone than its predecessors.
July 2007: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, the fifth movie in the series has the wizard Harry flummoxed by his mates at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft who doubt his near-death battle with the evil Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final volume in the tale of boy wizard Harry Potter sells more than 11 million copies snapped up during the first 24 hours of release in three markets alone.
July 2009: The sixth film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, opens.
June 2010: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter theme park officially opens at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Park in Orlando, Florida. The 8ha Harry Potter park reportedly cost US$250mil (RM780mil) to build and recreates the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Oct 2010: Rowling is interviewed by US television host Oprah Winfrey saying she cried uncontrollably when she finished the last Potter book, but did not rule out writing another one.
November 2010: The seventh film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 opens around the world on Nov 19.
July 2011: The final movie is to be released. – Reuters