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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?


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, Harry Potter Kids Correspondent.

This program aired on July 20, 2007.

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