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26 June 2017updated 29 Jul 2021 10:54pm

Harry Potter Week

Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter.

By Anna Leszkiewicz

Do you know what day it is? Today is Monday 26 June 2017 – which means it’s 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the UK. That’s two decades of knowing and loving Harry Potter.

Here at the New Statesman, a solid 90 per cent of the online staff live and breathe Harry Potter. So we thought now would be the perfect time to run a week of Potter-themed articles. We’ve got a mix of personal reflections, very (very) geeky analysis, cultural criticism, nostalgia, and some truly bizarre fan fiction. You have been warned. 

See below for the full list, which will be updated throughout the week:

Jonn Elledge and the Young Hagrid Audition

Amelia Tait: Harry Potter didn’t cure my depression – but for an hour a day, it helped

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Edinburgh in the time of Harry Potter: Julia Rampen on growing up in a city that became famous for a book

The boy who lies: Lizzie Palmer on what the Daily Prophet can teach us about fake news

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Forbidden forests: India Bourke explores how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows saved the trees

Bethany Rose Lamont on what we can learn from Harry Potter’s “mad women”

Eleanor Margolis: At the age of 13, I’d never read any erotica – until I discovered Hermione/Ginny fan fiction

Caroline Crampton: I loved rereading Harry Potter as an adult – until I got stuck

Why the wizarding world is a dystopian, totalitarian nightmare, by Hannah Rose Woods

Fudge, boarding schools and King’s Cross station: how Harry Potter introduced me to British culture

James Cooray Smith explains how to talk about Harry Potter if you’ve never read Harry Potter

The Quizoner of Azkaban: Nick Hilton on his life trapped in Harry Potter trivia

Anoosh Chakelian: the Harry Potter audiobooks have a magic of their own

The Harry Potter generation: Anna Leszkiewicz on why The Boy Who Lived lives on

The definitive list of the most underrated Harry Potter characters

The (second) SRSLY Harry Potter Podcast!