On June 27th, 1997 the first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. That means this summer marks the 20th anniversary of the birth of what is arguably the most popular literary franchise of all time. Originally titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” The book was published the following year in the United States as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Six more books followed in the series, spawning eight movies and enough spin off materials to keep fans happily reading, watching, or listening for quite some time.
Comic cons are big business these days. These once fringe subculture events, have entered the mainstream and have become the premiere venues to celebrate pop culture. The growing popularity of comic cons can be partly attributed to the recent elevation of all things geeky in pop culture. But also by expanding comic cons to include not only comics, but also science fiction, fantasy, games, television, movies, animation, and all sorts of fandoms, comic cons have become celebrations of all things pop culture.