Harry Potter has been around forever, right? You can’t have a conversation with people of a certain age without being at least prepared for a reference from Harry Potter to pop up. The Harry Potter films — and there have been eight of them — have grossed nearly $8 billion. JK Rowling, the author whose own story has also been turned into legend (she pursued her writing while poor in cafes with her newborn beside her), is now a billionaire. The Harry Potter books have been translated into 73 languages, with the last one selling 11 million copies in 24 hours in the US alone.
But with the announcement that the Harry Potter journey will continue now on the stage — with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — it’s also striking to consider that all of this has happened in a mere 18 years. Harry, who it seems has always been in the world, is only just approaching his 18th year of existence. The first Harry Potter book — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — was published June 30, 1997. (The book was titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US.) That’s a year before Google was launched. Things happen fast.