Happy Birthday, JK Rowling
1997 was an eventful year. Tony Blair became Prime Minister. Scotland voted in favour of a Scottish Parliament. Scientists in Midlothian announced that they had successfully cloned a sheep, and her name was Dolly. Titanic became the world's highest grossing movie of all time. The Spice Girls became the first artists to have their first 6 singles all reach Number 1. And on June 26th 1997, a writer from Edinburgh had her debut novel published, and so began a literary phenomenon the like of which the world has never seen.
With combined global sales of more than 500 million, the 7 books, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997 to the final instalment (so far?) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, have made the Harry Potter series the best-selling book series of all time. Furthermore, the accompanying series of films that began in 2001 make the Wizarding World the third biggest movie franchise, and one of the biggest media franchises of all time.
With millions of new readers being enchanted every year we celebrate the birthday of J K Rowling, Harry Potter's brilliant creator, on the 31st of July. Lomond Books offer a comprehensive choice of Harry Potter books, games, and merchandise - just look here!