June 26, 1997 is the date where Author J.K. Rowling first brought readers into her world of wizardry and magic.
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 21 years since the first Harry Potter book was published.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit bookstores on June 26, 1997 (the title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for U.S. readers). J.K. Rowling’s tale about a boy wizard became a global phenomenon.
Six more books followed, as did eight movies (the first one hit theaters in 2001), in addition to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequel adaptation (a sequel to the film is in the works) and the theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Fantastic Beasts films mark the beginning of a shared media franchise known as the Wizarding World.
The series was mainly produced by David Heyman, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as the three leading characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.
Four directors worked on the series: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates.Michael Goldenberg wrote the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), while the remaining films had their screenplays written by Steve Kloves.
Production took place over ten years, with the main story arc following Harry Potter’s quest to overcome his arch-enemy Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final novel in the series, was adapted into two feature-length parts.
Part 1 was released in November 2010, and Part 2 was released in July 2011.
Six of the series’ eight films are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the highest-grossing film in the series and one of 31 films to gross over $1 billion, ranking at number eight.
Without inflation adjustment, it is the second highest-grossing film series with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts.
In honor of the film series, lets take a look at what the young actors who starred in the films have been doing since leaving Hogwarts.