Happy 24th Birthday, Harry Potter!

Hat tip to Patricio Tarantino at TheRowlingLibrary.com and to Beatrice Groves for sending me a reminder that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published on this date in 1997. Much more than Harry’s fictional birthday of 31 July, one he shares with The Presence, the date of his first adventure’s publication marks his true entry into the real world.

Many thanks to the midwives at Bloomsbury that made the birth and the subsequent births so eventful — and congratulations to Harry’s real mum, the author, for all she overcame to carry the Boy Who Lived to term and to his final victory over the Dark Lord!


  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says

    All the public hype put me off trying it for another 4 years, until I was invited to speak at Mythcon 32 and the conference theme of “Modern Supernatural Fiction” made me think I’d better try it for the purposes of intelligent response in likely discussion – how happily!

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