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

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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

Web fea­tured.

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.

Ge­orge He­riot’s school, ed­in­burgh: the in­spi­ra­tion for Hog­wart’s school

Harry Pot­ter In Con­cert

The 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion of the first book

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