I am deeply impressed by the great international popularity of the Harry Potter stories. The Harry Potter stories were written by the English writer J.K. Rowling. She saw the light of day on 31 July 1965. Her complete name is Joanne Rowling. But she writes under the pseudonym J.K. Rowling because primarily her publisher thought it was a helpful move not to show the point that she is female. The publishing company feared it could have a negative effect on the sales figures if everybody immediately recognizes that the writer was a woman. Consequently, instead of revealing her first name she used two initials. As she has no middle name she chose Kathleen as basis for the K. in her alias. Kathleen is the name of her grandmother.
The very first Harry Potter story – Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone – was publicized mid 1997 in the United Kingdom. Very remarkable is the point that only thousand units of the first book were printed at that time. The original title of the novel was not Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, but Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. But when the novel was released to the US market place in 1998, it was named Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.
After that Joanne Rowling invented several more Harry Potter books. Now the Harry Potter series is made of 7 novels. These are:
- Novel 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
- Novel 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Novel 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Novel 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Novel 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Novel 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Novel 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Harry Potter novels have been translated into over fifty languages and have been released in various countries. Besides the big success in the US and Britain, Harry Potter is also noticeably renowned in Germany. The Harry Potter stories (German online store: Harry Potter Buchshop) have been publicized in Germany under these headers:
- Buch 1: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
- Buch 2: Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens
- Buch 3: Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban
- Buch 4: Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch
- Buch 5: Harry Potter und der Orden des Phoenix
- Buch 6: Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz
- Buch 7: Harry Potter und die Heiligtuemer des Todes
I must admit that I did not have the time to read all the stories. But there are kids who know them all, which is quite impressive and makes up the huge success.