20 YEARS OF MAGIC
ONGOING - Until the Medals Are Gone
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Our medal depicts Harry flying over the quiddich pitch, reaching for the elusive snitch. The snitch is a golden charm hanging from the medal to further the 3D imagery.
** A portion of the proceeds from this race will benefit Reading Is Fundamental, a non-profit that works to 'put more books in the hands of children across the country. https://www.rif.org/**
It’s hard to believe, but 20 years ago this September, the world of wizardry, magic and Muggles was unveiled to American audiences with the 1998 publication of J.K. Rowling’s young-adult fantasy, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone." (A year earlier, the novel had been released in Great Britain as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.")
A spell was cast and a pop-culture phenomenon born, with midnight bookstore parties packed with eager fans greeting each new book. And then came the (eight) movies, which brought to visual life Diagon Alley, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort’s terrifying nose (thanks, Ralph Fiennes!) and which were blockbusters, too.
Couple Fun Facts!
1. Let’s start with some mind-boggling numbers: The series has sold 500 million copies worldwide; 180 million in the U.S. alone.
2. The first hardcover printing of "Sorcerer’s Stone" by Scholastic in September 1998 was 50,000 copies. Got a first edition? Biblio is selling one (unsigned) for $2,500. (Much more expensive and coveted by collectors: "Philosopher’s Stone," of which only 500 copies were printed in 1997.)
3. The seven books (not counting special editions or boxed sets) have spent a combined 1,749 weeks on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, with "Sorcerer’s Stone" logging the most at 491 weeks. Each book hit No. 1.
4. Rowling’s British publisher suggested Harry’s creator use the name J.K Rowling so boy readers wouldn’t know she was a woman. (Her real name is Joanne Rowling and she goes by Jo.)
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