J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has become one of the most beloved and successful book series of all time. The series has sold over 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. It has also been adapted into eight blockbuster films, making it one of the most successful franchises in history. But how long did it take J.K. Rowling to write the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?
The answer is six years. J.K. Rowling began writing the first book in 1991, and it was published in 1997. She wrote the book while struggling with depression and financial difficulties, and it was rejected by 12 different publishers before it was finally accepted by Bloomsbury. Rowling was paid a £2,500 advance for the book, which is a fraction of the millions of pounds it has since earned.
The book was an instant success, and Rowling quickly followed it up with six more books in the series. She wrote the books at a rate of one per year, with the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being published in 2007. Rowling has since written several other books, including the adult novel The Casual Vacancy and the crime novel series Cormoran Strike.
The Harry Potter series has become a global phenomenon, and it is hard to believe that it all began with a single book written by J.K. Rowling in just six years. The series has inspired millions of readers and is sure to continue to do so for many years to come.