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    Sotheby's director of the department of printed books and manuscripts Dr Philip Errington poses for photographers with a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling, during a photocall organized for the media at the auction house's premises in London. (File)

    #HarryPotter20: World Celebrates 20 Years of Harry Potter With Emotional Tweets

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    On June 26, 1997, the world welcomed the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – the first novel of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. It has become one of the most successful books and film franchises in decades.

    Fans took to social media to celebrate the magical moment and pay tribute to their favorite novel.

    Over 60,000 tweets were posted in the first 24 hours using the hashtag #HarryPotter20 which is trending worldwide.

    ​There were around 500 million copies of Harry Potter books sold around the world in 79 languages. 

    Together with movies, toys and accessories the Harry Potter franchise is estimated to have earned more than 20 billion euros.


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