Hundreds of millions of readers worldwide have lost themselves in the magical world of Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling took a simple story idea and transformed it into an international phenomenon, breaking numerous records with the seven-book series. Even though the last volume in the saga was released in 2007, children and adults alike continue to discover the charming and inventive adventures of Harry and his wizardly friends, including a long list of Hollywood stars.
When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 1997, the literary world had no idea that it was the first chapter in a decade-long narrative. No one was more surprised about its massive success than the book’s writer, J.K. Rowling, who has revealed that 12 publishing houses rejected her manuscript before she finally found a home for her novel at Bloomsbury.
“The first agent I ever queried sent back a slip saying ‘My list is full. The folder you sent wouldn’t fit in the envelope,” replied J.K to one of her more than five-million fans on Twitter. “I really minded about the folder, because I had almost no money and had to buy another one.” The humble Gloucestershire native’s rags-to-riches story has made her life a solid source of inspiration.
Even the Royal Family have been put under Harry’s spell, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealing their love for the books while touring Hertfordshire’s Harry Potter Studios in 2013. They can now look forward to reading the tales with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The motion picture arm of the Harry Potter franchise made its cast, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, superstars. It also attracted the all-star talents of leading British actors like Emma Thompson, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen, and left more wishing they could join the wizard ranks.
Here, Hello! reveals a list of Hollywood stars that can’t get enough of the magical series.