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  Harry Potter timeline
Updated 26 June 2002, 08.11
Harry Potter books
1990
JK Rowling comes up with the idea for Harry Potter on a train from Manchester to King's Cross

1997
26 June - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone published in hardback and paperback

November - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone wins the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award 9-11 years

Philosophers Stone
February - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone wins the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards

1998
2 July - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets published in hardback

October - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone published in the USA. Warner Bros secures film rights to the first two books

December - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets wins the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award 9-11 years. JK Rowling becomes the first author to win the Nestlé Smarties Prize two years in a row

1999
21 January - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets published in paperback

February - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets wins the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards

8 July - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban published in hardback

December - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban wins the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award 9-11 years. JK Rowling receives a special certificate to celebrate winning the prize for the third year running

2000
February - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban wins the Whitbread Childrens' Book of the Year award

Philosophers Stone
1 April - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is published in paperback

June - JK Rowling awarded an OBE

8 July - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in hardback

2001
16 March - Two Comic Relief books written by JK Rowling are published

6 July - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in paperback

16 November - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film released

26 December - JK Rowling gets married

2002
15 November - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released - and breaks loads of box office records

12 December - 93 random words written by JK Rowling as a teaser to what happens in book five, the Order of the Phoenix, sell for £26,680 at auction

2003

15 January - Book five will go on sale on 21 June 2003

26 February - JK reveals she's already started work on book six

24 March - JK gives birth to a baby boy, David

11 April - The Chamber of Secrets DVD is released - and breaks records

6 May - Two stolen copies of OOTP are found dumped in a field. JK takes action to make sure no one can publish them before 21 June

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