Harry Birthday, Harry Potter!

first_imgAuthor J.K. Rowling in 2007 with the final book in her “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”; SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Happy birthday, Harry Potter! June 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in then-unknown author J.K. Rowling’s soon-to-be wildly popular Harry Potter book series.Scottish-born Joanne Rowling was a single mother in 1990 when she began working on Philosopher’s Stone, her very first novel.  It was published in the U.K. in 1997, with an initial print run of just 500 copies.  It was her publisher who suggested Rowling adopt the pen name of J.K. Rowling, fearing young boys might not buy a book written by a female author.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was an unqualified smash, and sold some 300,000 copies by 1999.  The U.S. edition was published September 1, 1998, with the modified title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  A year later, it was the #1 New York Times fiction bestseller, where it remained for nearly a year.There have been seven Harry Potter novels in all, the last — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows —  published worldwide July 2, 2007.  All of the novels were made into hit movies and inspired a handful of spin-off projects, including the recent play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the website Pottermore.   In 2001, Rowling also wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a book mentioned in the Harry Potter series.  A new film franchise based on the book’s fictional author, Newt Scamander, is in production, the first of which debuted in 2016.Harry Potter has also made Rowling a very rich woman.  The 2017 Sunday Times Rich List put her personal worth at 650 million pounds, about $827.5 million U.S.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Do you want to learn how to be a football commentator

first_imgFootball commentator John Motson is one of the most recognizable voices in Britain, as he has broadcasted since 1968.In 1968 John Motson started working for the BBC as a football commentator.He has covered so far 29 FA Cups, 10 FIFA World Cups, and 200 England games.And he has some good tips for the future football commentators of the world.“In a way, it’s more difficult to break into the business now,” he told Metro.“There are far more people wanting to become football commentators now and it’s harder to make a name for yourself.”He explained: “Those in my generation – like Brian Moore, Barry Davies, and Gerald Sinstadt – we stood out and what we did was quite unusual because there wasn’t many of us back then.”“However, on the upside, there is now live football every night of the week and every one of those games needs a commentator.”“Social media also offers opportunities – there’s no question about it,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Some people study for media degrees but there are no specific qualifications needed, you don’t need any certificates or a degree (I didn’t have one).”And how to become a sports commentator?: “Make an impression on people – that makes them think you can really do the job.”“Research the players, the statistics, the facts, and figures – you have to be able to identify the players accurately and quickly, as well as refer back to previous events, while also lifting the occasion.”Motson concluded: “Be persistent at the start of your career; bang on doors, do commentary in strange places, go and see matches when you’re not working.”“Get the basics right, so that during a match your homework is just a backup.”BBC Match Of The Day 1979That great Liverpool team.Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal Charity Shield Commentator John Motson#LFC @FootballArchive https://t.co/5EvDNspeAe— TV Football 1968-92 (@1968Tv) August 3, 2019last_img read more