How does Harry Potter live

So the wizarding students have changed

Harry Potter enthusiasts have calculated it: The wizarding student was born on July 31, 1980. Reason enough to look back.

Berlin fans have calculated exactly from the clues hidden in the books: Harry Potter was born on July 31, 1980, so he will be 40 years old this year. Its inventor, Joanne K. Rowling, is exactly 15 years older to the day.

With more than 500 million copies sold, the Harry Potter series is one of the most successful books in the world. The first volume - "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" - was started in 1997 by the English publishing house Bloomsbury with a circulation of 500 copies. It wasn't until a good year later, in July 1998, that the book was published by Carlsen Verlag in German: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".

Harry Potter is available in Latin and Ancient Greek

Within a few years, the saga of the British Joanne K. Rowling about the battle of a wizard boy with dark forces became a worldwide phenomenon. Children and young people, but also many adults, have devoured the seven novels in more than 80 languages.

From 2001 the book became a worldwide box office success. According to the industry service Box Office Mojo, the total of eight films grossed more than 7.7 billion US dollars.

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The magical parallel world that J.K. Rowling initially created in the minds of her readers became visible on the screen for everyone: The Hogwarts boarding school, where Harry and his closest friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are trained as magicians, the Quidditch tournaments, in which students ride brooms fought for the "golden snitch", the teachers around the headmaster Albus Dumbledore and of course the mysterious Lord Voldemort, who seeks Harry's life.

Most of the child stars who brought Harry, Hermione, Ron and Co. to life have left Hogwarts behind: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have now made international film careers, and most of their co-stars are at least successful as actors on television .

You can see how the stars of the Harry Potter films have changed in our picture gallery.

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