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The boy who lived (and the readers who grew up with him), 20 years later

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  Harry Potter fans prepare to take a steam train from Sydney Central Station to a secret location for the much anticipated unveiling of the final novel by author J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on July 21, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Rowlings announced that it will be the seventh and final novel in the Harry Potter series. The book went on sale in Australia at 9.01am on July 21, with children's and adults' hardbacks, an audio book and a deluxe gift edition being published simultaneously across the world. The previous publication in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," sold over two million copies in Britain alone on its day of release.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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Harry Potter fans prepare to take a steam train from Sydney Central Station to a secret location for the much anticipated unveiling of the final novel by author J.K. Rowling.

In 1997, the first “Harry Potter” book was published in the U.K., and twenty years later, kids and adults still dream of receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters.

In 1997, the first “Harry Potter” book was published in the U.K., and twenty years later, kids and adults still dream of receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters.

In the two decades since its publication, the series has become a worldwide phenomenon, arguably changing the landscape of children’s book publishing, and spawning a wildly successful movie franchise, as well as podcasts, fanfiction, theme parks, wrock bands (that’s wizard rock bands, for you muggles) and a fair share of controversy.

What did Harry Potter mean to you growing up? Do you have any fond memories of going to midnight-release parties or staying up until the wee hours of the morning to binge read the books? How do you keep the magic alive now?

Call in at 866-893-5722.

Guest host Libby Denkmann in for Larry Mantle

Guest:

Maureen Palacios, owner of Once Upon A Time, the oldest children’s bookstore in the country, located in Montrose 

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