Harry Potter

Aayliah Spagnola

Author

The Harry Potter craze has had many fans over the years. The person who created the series is a woman named Joanne (Kathleen) Rowling. She was born in July, 1965 in England (J.K. Rowling) J.k. Rowling went to many different colleges to get degrees to become the literal woman she is today. J.k. Rowling states that she went to Exeter University where she obtained a French and Classics degree, which included one year in Paris. While Rowling was starting the series, she had other jobs. A few jobs she had was a researcher at Amnesty International and a teacher of English as a foreign language in northern Portugal (J.K. Rowling). The author started the series when she was waiting for a train at King's Cross Station in England, which is used in the story on several occasions (J.K. Rowling).

Movies

The Harry Potter movie franchise has raised a lot of money over the short span of 11 years. The first movie came out on November 16th, 2001 and it was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Nash Information Service LLC says the production budget was $125,000,000, the domestic opening weekend raised $90,294,621, the domestic box office raised $317,575,550, and the worldwide box office raised $974,755,371.


There are three main characters throughout the entire series, Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (played by Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson). A movie review states, "throughout most of the movie the characters are impressively three- dimensional and move along seamlessly through the narrative" (Michael Winerip, 6).

The Books

The Harry Potter series was written in a span of only 12 years (Information Database, 3). There are eight books total in the series. One of the books that is the U.K version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is called the Philosopher's Stone. This book was published by Bloomsbury in 1997, and then re-made into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone published by scholastic in 1998 which sold for $16.95. The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007 and sold for $34.99 (FEdPo)


Genre

J.K Rowling primarily wrote the Harry Potter series for younger kids. When the movies came out it targeted the teen/ adult population. The book can either be children's literature or young adult literature. "The magical content and context gives it a strong dash of fantasy," (Shmoop, 6). There are many different context clues to look into that derermines what other types of genres this series could be. Shmoop states that there is strong adventurous qualities that are mixed with a quest.


Spin-off series?

There are speculations as to if J.K Rowling will create a spin-off series of Harry Potter. NBC News says there will be a new spin-off series of films set in the magical universe of J.K Rowling. Many People are wondering where she is coming up with all the ideas to continue the series. "The new films will be inspired by the Hogwarts textbook, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" (NBC News, 2). FEdPo states there are also some other theories that J.K Rowling will continue to rewrite the epilogue into a new series. This new "spin-off" series could be up to another seven books long.


Citations

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