Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the book that began it all – The Boy Who Lived, He Who Must Not Be Named, parseltongue, Hagrid, Hedwig, Hogwarts, the Nimbus 2000 and the golden snitch (we really could keep going) – turns 20 on the 26th June 2017 and to celebrate the occasion we’ve put together five reasons people love Harry Potter!
Hogwarts’ Houses: Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Gryffindor
There is no one overarching reason to enjoy Harry Potter, and particularly Rowling’s books, but our first great reason for enjoying the Potter series is the house system that Rowling introduces in the Philosopher’s Stone. Do you recall that feeling of anxiety when it seemed as if Harry was to be sorted into Slytherin? The house system was something I was familiar with as a kid, but I’d never thought about the red house (Ripon for us) being particularly brave, or the green house (Durham) being particularly evil – I certainly did afterwards. And did you know that – according to Biography.com – Rowling first scrawled the house names on an aeroplane sickbag?