Posted on June 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as it's known in the United Kingdom, came out on June 26, 1997.
Its release came, famously, after a dozen publishers rejected the book from the then-unknown J.K. Rowling.

The rest is, of course, history; it's the bestselling series of all time, with more than 500 billion copies sold to date.

The Guardian spoke with a number of publishing industry members who played a role in releasing the first Harry Potter book — and NPR invited three authors to reflect on what the subsequent series has meant to them over the years.

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