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A Magical Legacy: 25 years of Harry Potter in Knoxville

25 years ago, Harry Potter introduced the love of reading to an entire generation. To celebrate, we take a look back at the phenomenon known as Potter-Mania.

William Winnett

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Published: 9:01 AM EDT June 23, 2022
Updated: 9:21 AM EDT June 23, 2022

Twenty-five years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, known as the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S., sent wizards and muggles alike into the frenzy known as Potter-mania, and Knoxville embraced the phenomenon. 

Fans were spellbound by the bespectacled boy with a lightning bolt scar who went from living in a cupboard under the stairs to the magical halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Since then, six more books, eight feature films, multiple spin-offs, video games and countless amounts of merchandise have kept Potter-mania alive and kicking since the initial book’s release. So, come with us through Platform 9 & ¾ and hop on the Hogwarts Express, as we use our Time-Turners to travel back into the wizarding history of Harry Potter in Knoxville.