Harry Potter's Magic Moments

Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009). Warner Brothers

























Harry Potter's Magic Moments


The Harry Potter stories weren't written in a day, and through it all, author J.K. Rowling passed some milestones of her own. Here's a sampling.
















July 31, 1965




J.K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling is born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. Faithful readers will notice that she gave Harry the same birthday (month and day) as her own. (Her last name rhymes with bowling.)






















1970 or 1971



Rowling writes her first story, "Rabbit," about a rabbit with measles.






















1986



Rowling earns her degree at the University of Exeter, where she focused on the study of French. During her school years, she had always excelled in languages.























1990



Harry Potter is "born," according to Rowling, when he just pops into her head while she is riding a train. It takes her several years to write the first book.

(The Hogwarts Express, not the train Rowling was riding when she first thought of Harry Potter.)























1993



Rowling gives birth to her first child, Jessica. Divorced after a brief marriage to journalist Jorge Arantes, Rowling settles in Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister, Di. She goes through a time of poverty and depression.























September 1998



"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is published. Harrymania ensues shortly thereafter.

























June 1999



"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is published.

























September 1999



"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is published.

























July 2000



"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is published.

























March 2001



Rowling receives the Order of the British Empire, a medal of achievement awarded by the queen of England.























November 2001



The movie version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is released.























Late 2001



Rowling marries Dr. Neil Murray.






















November 2002



The movie version of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is released.

























March 23, 2003



Rowling's second child, David Gordon Rowling Murray, is born.






















June 2003



"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is published.

























May 2004



The movie version of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is released.

























Jan. 25, 2005



Rowling gives birth to her third child and second daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray.





















July 16, 2005



"Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince" is released.

























Nov. 18, 2005



The movie version of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is released.

























Dec. 21, 2006



The title of the final book in the Harry Potter series in announced as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows."


No publication date or other details were offered. Author J.K. Rowling is still working on the book, she explained on her Web site, which also offers a game for fans.






















Feb. 1, 2007



Author J.K. Rowling announces that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the last of seven installments of her mega-selling international phenomenon, will be published at midnight on July 21, 2007.

It's a time to be marked by celebrations and more than a few tears, as Rowling wraps up the magical adventures of the boy wizard, his friends and his enemies.






















May 31, 2007



Plans are announced for "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando. The "theme park within a theme park" is scheduled to open in late 2009.





















June 26, 2007



A first edition "Harry Potter" book fetches $18,000 at auction. The winning bid for the first novel by J.K. Rowling that launched Pottermania went to an anonymous buyer. Bonhams auctioneers had estimated the book would sell for between $10,000 and $20,000.





















July 11, 2007



"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" hits theatres.
























July 21, 2007



"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels by J.K. Rowling, is released.
























2008



J.K. In April, Rowling testifies before a packed federal courtroom in New York City in a lawsuit to block publication of a Harry Potter lexicon, telling a judge that the book amounts to a "wholesale theft" of nearly 20 years of her hard work.

Later that year, a judge ruled in her favor and blocked the publication of the book.






















July 15, 2009



The film version of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits theaters.





















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