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  Harry Potter    The Harry Potter   logo, used first in American editions of the novel series and later in films    The Philosopher's Stone  (1997)    The Chamber of Secrets  (1998)    The Prisoner of Azkaban  (1999)    The Goblet of Fire  (2000)    The Order of the Phoenix   (2003)    The Half-Blood Prince  (2005)    The Deathly Hallows  (2007) Author J. K. Rowling   Country United Kingdom Language English Genre Fantasy, drama, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller , Bildungsroman  Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Pottermore (e-books; all languages) Published 26 June 1997  –  21 July 2007 (initial publication) Media type Print (hardback & paperback)  Audiobook E-book (as of March 2012) [1]   No. of books 7 Website    Harry Potter   is a series of  fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The setting is 1990's Britain, involving two distinct societies: the normal non-magic world as we know it, and a secret society of wizards.The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter , and his friends Hermione Granger  and Ron Weasley,  all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people). Since the release of the first novel,  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. They have attracted a wide adult audience as well as younger readers and are often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature. [2]  The series has also had its share of criticism, including concern about the increasingly dark tone as the series progressed, as well as the often gruesome and graphic violence it depicts. As of February 2018, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into eighty languages. [3]  The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final instalment selling roughly eleven million copies in the United States within twenty-four hours of its release. The series was srcinally published in English by two major publishers, Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom and Scholastic Press in the United States. A play,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  , based on a story co-written by Rowling, premiered in London on 30 July 2016 at the Palace Theatre, and its script was published by Little, Brown. The srcinal seven books were adapted into an eight-part film series by Warner Bros. Pictures, which is the third highest-grossing film series of all time as of February 2018. In 2016, the total value of the Harry Potter   franchise was estimated at $25 billion, [4]  making Harry Potter   one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.  A series of many genres, including fantasy, drama, coming of age, and the British school story (which includes elements of  mystery, thriller , adventure, horror , and romance), the world of Harry Potter   explores numerous themes and includes many cultural meanings and references. [5]   According to Rowling, the main theme is death. [6]  Other major themes in the series include prejudice, corruption, and madness. [7]  The success of the books and films has allowed the Harry Potter   franchise to expand, with numerous derivative works, a travelling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, a studio tour in London that opened in 2012, a digital platform on which J.K. Rowling updates the series with new information and insight, and a pentalogy of spin-off films premiering in November 2016 with  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , among many other developments. Most recently, themed attractions, collectively known as  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter  , have been built at several Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world The fictional universe of British author  J. K. Rowling's  Harry Potter   series of  fantasy novels comprises two distinct societies: the Wizarding World and the Muggleworld. In the novels, the Muggle world is the world inhabited by the non-magical majority, with which the Wizarding world exists coextensively, albeit mostly remaining hidden from the non-magical humans. The plot of the series is set in 1990s Britain, but in a veiled and separate shadow society wherein magic is commonly used and practised, and those who can use it live in self-enforced seclusion, hiding their abilities from the rest of the world. The term Wizarding World refers to the global wizard community that lives hidden in parallel with the Muggle world; the different terms refer to different communities within the same area rather than separate planets or worlds. Any new works taking place in this universe are released under the J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World brand. Ministry of Magic From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search  For the band, see Ministry of Magic (band).  Ministry of Magic    Universe Wizarding World Founded 1707 Location Ministry of Magic Headquarters, Whitehall, London  Leader Minister for Magic Key people Cornelius Fudge Rufus Scrimgeour Pius Thicknesse Kingsley Shacklebolt Barty Crouch Sr. Amelia Bones Dolores Umbridge Hermione Granger Harry Potter Purpose Preservation of magical law Powers Government of  UK 's Magical Community. Affiliations International Confederation of Wizards Enemies Order of the Phoenix Dumbledore's Army Death Eaters Harry Potter  (formerly) The Ministry of Magic  is the government of the Magical community of Britain in  J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World  . The magical government in Britain is first mentioned in  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ; the Ministry makes its first proper appearance in  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  . Throughout the books, it is generally depicted as either corrupt, incompetent, or both, with its high officials blind to actual events and dangers. It reaches a zenith of corruption  before being effectively taken over by Lord Voldemort. At the end of the final book, following Voldemort's death, Kingsley Shacklebolt takes over the ministry, changing it for the better. By the time of   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  , Hermione Granger  is the Minister for Magic. ‹  The template  Infobox character   is being considered for merging.  ›   Ron Weasley Harry Potter   character Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in a publicity photo for   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  .  First appearance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone   Last appearance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   Created by J. K. Rowling Portrayed by Rupert Grint House Gryffindor  Information Family  Arthur Weasley (father) Molly Weasley (mother)
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