Harry potter concert
With a renowned orchestra playing every note of the first movie’s soundtrack live, Harry Potter In Concert is set to have wizarding fans enchanted when it hits Yas Island this month
Hear a renowned orchestra play every note of the first movie’s soundtrack live
It’s been 20 years since the world’s favourite lightening bolt-scarred child wizard burst onto the literary scene in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone but enthusiasm for all things Harry Potter shows little sign of waning, with more than 450 million copies of the book series sold in 69 languages to date.
Now, the boy wizard is coming to the UAE in a new form, as the first event of Yas Island’s 2017 autumn programme. Combining HD cinema technology with a traditional live orchestral performance, audiences for
Harry Potter In Concert will see a screening of the first Potter movie Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone on a 40-foot cinema screen while Spain’s Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès plays every note of John Williams’ unforgettable score, live. September 21 to 23
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 5pm, Dhs120 to Dhs495. Tel: (02) 5098143. Taxi: du Forum. harrypotterinconcert.com
Harry turns 20
two decades after JK rowling’s creation first hit book shelves, the harry potter series has become a global phenomenon. here are ten facts about the anniversary of the boy wizard and the literary revolution he spawned…
1Despite the Potter series having drawn to a close a full decade ago in 2007, when Harry turned 20 on June 26, 2017, a staggering 1.87 million people followed the celebrations on the Pottermore account on Twitter.
2Since the final book in the seven-part Potter tale was published, his wizarding world has been revived through a series of spin-offs. A prequel to the series, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, has itself been turned into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne, while a stage play that forms the eighth part of the story, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, has been selling out regularly in London’s West End since launching last year.
3That stage play, Harry Potter And The Cursed
Child, takes the story into the future, with Harry now an adult, an employee of the Ministry Of Magic, a husband and a father of three.
4To mark this year’s anniversary, the British Library will curate and launch a brand new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter. Inspired by JK Rowling’s work, it will be the first-ever British Library exhibition based on a single series of books by a living author.
5A single mother whose manuscript had been rejected by a host of publishing houses, JK Rowling eventually sold Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone to Bloomsbury for an advance of just Dhs12,000, agreeing a first hardback print run of just 500 copies. Since then, the series has gone on to sell more than 450 million copies, more than the combined populations of the UK, USA and Australia, making its author the first ever book-based billionaire.
6The Potter novels were the first children’s books to rank on the New York Times bestseller list since 1952, when EB White’s Charlotte’s
7Not everything about the Potter phenomenon has been positive. In 2011, India’s environment minister was forced to speak out after 30 owl species were listed as under threat in the country, partly because parents were giving them to their Harry Potter-loving children as pets.
8It’s been suggested that Rowling had the entire seven-book story plotted out before any books were released, but she insists that’s far from true. In fact, having written half of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, she realised she had created a “giant hole” in the plot that she had to go back and fix, which is why the book is so long.
9At the height of Potter mania, fears that the conclusion of the tale could be leaked were so high, significant security measures were employed. As a result, by the time of its global release in 2007, the final book in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, had been read by only seven people.
10JK Rowling’s fame have made her something of a political force, so when Coca-Cola won the rights to a product tie-in with the The
Philosopher’s Stone movie, the author insisted the firm make an $18 million donation to the US Reading Is Fundamental campaign, which encourages children to read.
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