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J.K. Rowling celebrates Harry Potter's birthday on morning TV

August 27, 2013|By Elisabeth Donnelly
  • J.K. Rowling at the world premiere of the film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" in 2011.
J.K. Rowling at the world premiere of the film "Harry Potter and the… (Carl Court/ AFP/Getty Images )

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling appeared on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her Harry Potter series.

Rowling looked back at the series and talked about her favorite characters. Rowling's strongest feelings are about Harry's mentor and teacher, Dumbledore.

"I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head … he was the character that was hardest to leave for me. He was the person who I'd have come back physically and sit and talk to me. It would be Dumbledore," said Rowling.

To mark the anniversary, all seven Harry Potter books are being sold with new covers designed by Kazu Kibuishi, a 35-year-old American graphic artist who wrote the bestselling Amulet series. Each cover will illustrate a significant scene from the book, and the box set with the new cover art goes on sale Tuesday.

The bestselling Harry Potter series, about the magical boy wizard, has been translated into 73 languages and has sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S. and 500 million worldwide.


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