20 years of Harry Potter magic in central Victoria | Photos, Quiz

ON THIS day 20 years ago, an 11-year-old boy climbed out of the cupboard under the stairs and into the hearts of book lovers around the world.

The magic of Harry Potter did not escape central Victoria, and over the years we’ve lined up, dressed up, and eagerly awaited the release of every new book and movie.

Goldfields Library Corporation programs and events co-ordinator Tammy Higgs said Harry Potter had long been a favourite of the region’s book lovers.

“Our libraries currently have 19 copies available which have been replaced time and time again over the years, and borrowed thousands of times by eager readers,’’ she said.

She said people could borrow the series in a variety of formats, including hard copy books, eBooks, eAudio recordings, DVDs and CDs.

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The book release dates:

June 26, 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

1998: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

1999: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2000: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2003: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

2005: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows