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On Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Copies of Harry Potter and a Sorcerer’s Stone, on sale in an Arlington, Virginia bookstore in 2000.

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Copies of Harry Potter and a Sorcerer’s Stone, on sale in an Arlington, Virginia bookstore in 2000.

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The initial book of a Harry Potter array went on sale in a U.K. 20 years ago today. It offers a available forgive to reacquaint yourself with a universe before anyone on this side of a Atlantic had listened of muggles, horcruxes or pensieves, before tourists would throng into London’s Kings Cross railway hire simply to counterpart wistfully during a space between Platforms Nine and Ten.

Here’s a initial story NPR ever aired about Harry Potter — a smashing square by a late Margot Adler, from All Things Considered in 1998.

Some gems, from that ended era:

  • “Most people in a U.S. have never listened of Harry Potter. It’s not a pretension we see in a window during your internal Barnes Noble.”
  • Rowling’s correlation of how Harry came to her while she stared out a sight window during some cows.
  • Margot Adler’s uncannily accurate prophecy that a word “muggle” will turn a Whole Big Thing.
  • A Q and A event in that a child asks Rowling about her writing, and Rowling reads a Reptile House stage from Harry Potter and a Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • A quote from a bookstore manager marveling during a fact that they’ve sole “hundreds” of copies.