The Harry Potter phenomenon
An investigation into the reasons for the massive success of the Harry Potter series: interview with author J.K. Rowling and with the French translator of the apprentice magician's adventures.
In 1998 is the first volume of what was to become a global publishing phenomenon appeared, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Written by a single mother from Edinburgh, J.K. Rowling, the book was refused a nine times by publishers before being released with Bloomsbury. On the advice of the editor Christine baker, Gallimard bought the rights to the series and published the first volume in French in 1998. It was a tidal wave of copies as 2 million were printed in the French translation. Since then, the work distributed in 140 countries is spread over seven volumes, each one recounting a year of studies at Hogwarts, the School of witchcraft and wizardry where the young Harry, 11 years old at the start of the story, uncovers a conspiracy.
Eagerly awaited in bookshops on the day of their release, the Harry Potter series was adapted for the cinema: the two first episodes were adapted by the director Chris Columbus with the young actor Daniel Radcliffe, who grew up over the years like the character. Harry Potter 3 was the work of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter 4, Mike Newell, while five and six have been entrusted to David Yates.