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20 years later, new generation of Harry Potter fans

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/28/2017 By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press
Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © The Associated Press Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling.

Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © The Associated Press Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

For some of their first-generation-fan parents and other adults often doing the introducing, there's a little bit of wistfulness that their kids won't get to experience the midnight book release parties and other hoopla that surrounded the Harry Potter publishing phenomenon.

Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © The Associated Press Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

For others, though, there's the slightest bit of (cheerful) envy that their kids won't have to wait to find out what happens next.

Theo Galkin, 8, poses for a picture with his set of Harry Potter books at his home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © The Associated Press Theo Galkin, 8, poses for a picture with his set of Harry Potter books at his home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The first book in the Harry Potter series was published in Britain on June 26, 1997. It's sold more than 450 million copies globally, in 79 languages.

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