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Ten years ago, J.K. Rowling was a 30-year-old single mom living on welfare in a chilly one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh, and no one had heard of Harry Potter.

Ten years and 325 million copies later, the Harry Potter series is a legend and J.K. Rowling is a billionaire, richer than the Queen of England.

Millions of children and adults worldwide have made a huge home in their hearts for Hogwarts and Polyjuice Potion, for Harry and Hermoine and Ron and wizardry.

This hour On Point: as millions of fans line up for the last book in the series, we ask what has made Harry Potter huge?

Guests:

Lee Siegel, television, book and art critic for publications and author of "Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television"

Julie Just, Children's Books Editor of the New York Times Book Review.

Laura Greenly, Amazon.com Harry Potter Kids Correspondent.

This program aired on July 20, 2007.

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