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Harry Potter

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Harry Potter

With sales of 300 million copies worldwide, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a publishing (and cinema) phenomenon. When UK publisher Bloomsbury released the first title in the sequence, 'Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone', in 1997, they aimed it a young early-teenage audience, little suspecting that its respectable sales would eventually become a global deluge. Now each new book is launched amid the suitably magical atmosphere of midnight ceremonies in castles, while bookshops worldwide do their best to fulfil the colossal first-day demand. The stories have swept traditional age categories aside (grown-ups get their own cover designs these days), while the films have brought a whole new dimension to the fantasy world of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Harry is a pupil. Forever battling the dark forces of Lord Voldemort and his cohorts, Harry and his chums Hermione and Ron are sorely tested in each of the books before eventually prevailing. Rowling is currently at work on the seventh and final book in the series, and has hinted that there are surprises in store. Bet you can’t wait...

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The Harry Potter novels have had a significant impact upon the world, but specifically in England where the novels were born. As a result, everyone associates Harry Potter with England. The novels depict so many real places and locations of England, such as King's Crossing in London. The novels create and reveal a magical and adventerous side to England that is both exciting and fascinating.


I'm not British but when I read these books, I think of England (well... of course, because they're set in England). I visited London not too long ago and I went by many things mentioned in the books/filming locations for the movies. This is a world-wide phenomenon and, as it started in England, it should be considered an 'Icon of England.'

Although I'm half-British and have visited the country many times, I've never been inside a boarding school. Harry Potter allows all of us who grew up in plain ole American schools to experience the life in an English educational institution. Having a mother from the U. K., I was taught "proper" English and manners...something sorely missing here in the States. By reading Harry Potter (or watching the movies), children the world over learn how to address adults respectfully and eloquently. Many landmarks are also highlighted in the books leading to online searches and tours sponsered by Harry Potter websites. What better way to open the English culture and country than Harry?
Deborah Scott

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I think the National Gallery is part of the heritage of England