A be­witch­ing tale

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES -

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

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