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Harry Potter as a Global Phenomenon A closer look at beloved tales Tamar Godel TUID911252355 English 1002 Fall Semester Professor Joshua Isard
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Since its first publication as a children’s book in July 1997, Harry Potter has become a global phenomenon, with fans worldwide, a matching series of movies, and clothing and toy industries, making JK Rowling, the creator of the series, one of the richest women in the world. When JK Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in England, she was on her eighth publisher before encountering a willing participant in Bloomsbury Books. The book was published as any other children’s book, and quickly became a favorite. When the book was published by Scholastic in September 1998 in the US, it was already a favorite with kids and adults. Rowling was offered $105,000 for the rights by Scholastic – an inconceivable amount for a children’s book writer (Rozhon). Scholastic did pull strings and insist that the title be changed to Sorcerer’s Stone , as Americans seem to have a very dim view of philosophers. It wasn’t until book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , came out that there was any kind of wave of interest (Rozhon). The second book, like the first, was published in England significantly before it was published in the US – as much as two months earlier. By September 1999, the first two books had sold more than 5 million copies in the US and nearly two million in Britain. They had been translated into 28 languages, and spent more than 50 weeks combined on the New York Times best seller list (Gray, 68). In mid to late 1999, fanfiction (stories using an existing setting, world and characters, but with a new plot; written by fans) started being written for Harry Potter.
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