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‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ celebrates 25 magical years MPNRC

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LONDON (Reuters) – When Bloomsbury Publishing (BLPU.L) founder Nigel Newton brought home a manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by a then-unknown JK Rowling, his daughter Alice called it “probably one of the best books ever”. described as a”. 8/9 year old child could read”.

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Twenty-five years later, it remains one of the best-selling novels of all time, capturing the hearts and imaginations of children around the world.

“I gave it to Alice who took it up … we had chapters up to Diagon Alley,” Newton told Reuters.

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“She walked down the stairs an hour later and said: ‘Dad, this book is better than anything you’ve shown me.

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Sunday marks 25 years since Rowling’s first book about the magical world of witches and wizards was published.

Rowling faced rejection until Bloomsbury did her job with an advance of £2,500. His story became a huge hit around the world, spawning an entire series of books and a huge film franchise.

“Did we know it would have sold over 500 million copies by the summer of 2022? No, but we knew it was a great write-up,” Newton said.

“It was the children and not their parents who were the original adopters of this book. It was a completely grassroots event.”

Those kids would queue for hours in front of bookstores waiting for the latest installments of Harry’s adventures, culminating with 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

For some people, such as Jacqueline Hulbert, now 23, it also helped her to enjoy reading.

It was just phenomenal. It was nothing like what I’d tried to read before because the story was so entertaining that I wanted to keep trying to read it,” Hulbert said.

“Because unbeknownst to the Muggles (who lack magical powers in the books) and like everyone else we know it was like this hidden world was in plain view.”

The image of Harry in front of the Hogwarts Express, the train carrying him to the famous magical school, is one of the most recognizable book covers in children’s literature.

This was done by the writer and painter Thomas Taylor in his first work commission. Taylor, then 23 years old and working in a children’s bookstore, left a sample portfolio depicting dragons at Bloomsbury.

“A few days later… the phone rang and it was (publisher) Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury asking me if I’d like to do cover art for a new book from a new author that no one had heard of,” Taylor, Erie-on-Sea is known for children’s books, said.

“And so I was so excited so I said yes. And of course I didn’t know what it was going to be.”

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