These are the events that happend for the series outside of the books. It starts from when J.K. Rowling had the idea for Harry Potter and goes all the way to the release for the last movie.
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Last updated: 12/15/10 at 12:13 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released again. The second part of the two part final movie is out at this time.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released. The first half of the movie is released.
After a 8-month delay, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is released. The film goes on to make over $930 million worldwide.
Harry Potter: the Exhibition makes its grand opening in Chicago, Illinois. The Exhibition serves as a way for fans to see real props, costumes, and more from the Harry Potter films.
Scholastic announces a 10th anniversary edition of Sorcerer's Stone to be released September 2008. The book features a brand new cover and exclusive bonus material from JK Rowling.
Warner Brothers announces that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two films. Part 1 is to be released in November 2010, with Part 2 following in July 2011.
The documentary "JK Rowling... A Year in the Life" by James Runcie airs on ITV. It is the most in-depth look we have of Jo's life and the long journey to completing Deathly Hallows.
JK Rowling makes five stops (Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York twice, and Toronto) on her North American Open Book Tour, where she reads selections of Deathly Hallows to kids and adults alike. Jo signs one copy of a Harry Potter book for each and every book tour attendee.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel in Jo's epic seven-part series, is released. The book's release is celebrated with midinight release parties around the globe. The book becomes the fastest-selling novel of all time.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is released in the United States and United Kingdom. It grossed $12 million from midnight screenings alone, and broke the first day record of $40.2 million with $44 million.
Warner Brothers announces that Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have all been signed for the final two Potter films. This comes as a relief to Potter fans, who have heard lots of mixed thoughts from the trio on completing the series.
It is revealed that JK Rowling has signed a letter of intent for a Potter theme park, stating that initial planning can commence. Shortly after this news spread, it was deemed as false by official sources. In hindsight, this could have been a cover-up to conceal the official announcement for 2007.
Dan Radcliffe announces that he will be making his theater debut in Equus, playing the leading role as a boy who has an abnormal obsession with horses.
November 2005 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is released in theaters in the United States and United Kingdom.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is released in the United States and the United Kingdom. Within two months, over 11 million copies are sold.
Scholastic and Bloomsbury release the cover art for Half-Blood Prince, which is met with lots of hype.
JK Rowling gives birth to daughter Mackenzie.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released in the United Kingdom.
CBBC Newsround reports that 7,000 copies of Order of the Phoenix are stolen prior to its release, sparking controversy over the security of the books and the likelihood of a spoiler leak.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is released in the United States and the United Kingdom with midnight release parties being held around the world.
The word "muggle" is added to the Oxford English Dictionary thanks to Potter's popularity.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is released in theaters worldwide. It goes on to make a total of $879 million globally.
Richard Harris, the actor who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Potter films, dies of Hodgkin's disease. His role as Dumbledore is replaced a few months later by Michael Gambon.
The musical genre of Wizard Rock is born when Harry and the Potters, a band consisting of two brothers from Massachusetts, is created. Since then, hundreds of new Wizard Rock bands have sprouted up. All of the bands write music centered around Harry Potter themes.
JK Rowling marries anesthesiologist Neil Murray.
November 2001 - The first film is released, opening on a record 3,762 screens in the U.S. alone. On opening weekend, it grosses $90 million in America and £16 million in the U.K., setting records in both countries.
Filming gets underway for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone.
Warner Brothers announces that Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will be portraying the characters of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the first Potter film. At the time, the trio are only 11 - 12 years old.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is released in the United States and the United Kingdom simultaneously (July 8th). It was the first Potter book to be released in the US and UK on the same day.
Chris Columbus is chosen as director of Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone. Of note, Steven Spielberg was interested but did not get the spot.
JK Rowling begins a 3-week book tour of the United States where she promotes Prisoner of Azkaban and meets with fans. Each tour stop is packed with attendees, and the first sign of a huge upcoming fandom appears.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is published in the United States.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is published in the United Kingdom.
June 1999 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is published in the United States.
October 1998 - Warner Brother secures the rights to the first two Potter books and begins producing the first film, Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone. JK Rowling was quoted as saying, "I think Warner Bros will do a good job and be true to the character. Other children's films they have produced helped sway me."
September 1998 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is published by Scholastic in the United States.
July 1998 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is published in the United Kingdom. The book skyrockets straight to the number one spot on the BookTrack bestseller list.
July 1997 - Philosopher's Stone receives a raving review from The Scotsman, who describes it as "an unassailable stand for the power of fresh innovative story-telling in the face of formula horror and sickly romance."
Scholastic purchases the rights to Philosopher's Stone for $105,000.
June 1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom. Today, over 107 million copies of the story have been sold worldwide.
Bloomsbury decides to publish Philosopher's Stone. A rep of Bloomsbury suggests to Jo that she get a day job, as children's authors are usually not successful.
Jo finishes her manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on an old manual typewriter.
The ideas for the characters in the Harry Potter series come to Jo as she rides on a train to London.