Harry Potter turns 20 this year; not the character, but the books. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (called “the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S.), debuted in the UK on June 26, 1997. The last of the seven books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007. The cinematic retelling of the series ran from 2001 to 2011 over eight films.
Rowling’s ongoing storytelling is very helpful. If you’ve read or watched any of the installments of Harry Potter’s coming of age stories, you can probably recognize his parents’ names, James and Lily, and maybe even remember their
We’ll try and avoid any spoilers as we walk you through Rowling’s latest revelations about the Potter family tree. But if you haven’t finished the series, have a friend on-call to erase your memory of this article once you’ve read the details of Harry Potter’s predecessors.
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From there, Rowling explains how the Potter family made their way to Godric’s Hollow and came into possession of the invisibility cloak.
This cloak was passed down to the eldest Potter child for centuries until it made its way to Harry.
Family of Leaders
Here we learn there was another Harry Potter who served on the Wizengamot from 1913 to 1921.
Rowling revealed that “Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates)… caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer
Henry (Harry) Potter is Harry’s great grandfather. Henry fathered
Thanks to this special twentieth-anniversary submission by J.K. Rowling, we now know the whole history of how Harry Potter got his name!