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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' hits stores

31 Jul 2016 | By Shiladitya

The eighth and final book in the Harry Potter series, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', was launched worldwide.

Unlike the previous installments which were stories, it is a play which takes place 19 years after the events of the books.

The book, which is only available in script form, went on sale hours after the play premiered in London.

In context: Harry Potter returns for the final time

Early LifeJ.K. Rowling's early life

Born on 31st July, 1955, in Yate, England, J.K. Rowling hailed from a humble family.

From her childhood, she wrote fantasy stories for her younger sister Dianne.

She attended St.Michael's Primary School, and completed her B.A. in French and Classics from the University of Exeter.

While travelling from Manchester to London in 1990, Rowling first conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series.

The first author billionaire

J.K. Rowling, Britain's 13th wealthiest woman, became the first author to become a billionaire. It is estimated that the Harry Potter books earned her over £1 billion.
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The beginningBloomsbury publishes the first Harry Potter book

J.K. Rowling finished the manuscript of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' in 1995.

She submitted copies of the manuscript to twelve publishers and was rejected by all.

A year later, in 1996, Bloomsbury agreed to publish it and the first copies hit the shelves in 1997.

In 1998, Scholastic bought publishing rights of the book for $105,000, marking Rowling's first success.

The risePottermania catches on

Following the success of the first book, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' were published in 1998, 1999, and 2000 respectively.

When it was released, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' became the fastest selling book in the world with 372,775 copies sold on the first day.

The pinnacleThe end of an era

After a 3 year gap, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' was released in 2003, followed by 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' (2005), and the last installment 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (2007).

The last book, which ended with the boy wizard's triumph over Voldemort, shattered previous book sale records with 11 million copies sold on the first day.

Pottermania in numbers

Over 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide, and are considered to be the fastest selling books of all times. Furthermore, the books have been published in 200 countries and have been translated into 69 different languages.
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31 Jul 2016'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' hits stores

04 Aug 2016New Harry Potter book receives immense criticism

Fans of the Harry Potter series were left disappointed by the latest book released by JK Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child".

Amazon was filled with reviews warning fans not to read the book and "continue to live in her past works of art."

Fans were mostly disappointed by the narrative of the new book, as it was meant to be a script.