A Trail Of Black Magic
1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is released, making its unknown author an instant celebrity.
1999: Warner Bros buys the film rights to the first four books.
2000: Literary heavyweight Harold Bloom calls the stupendously successful books cliche-ridden "rubbish".
2001: Thirteen-year-old unknown Daniel Radcliffe becomes the face of Harry Potter. Film of the first book grosses over US $976 million worldwide.
2003: The word "Muggle" enters the Oxford English Dictionary.
2004: Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis, a translation of the first book into Ancient Greek, is released.
2005: Kids weep for the death of Prof Dumbledore in...