This Day in Pop Culture for July 31

(Miguel Mendez) 

Harry Potter is Born
Though he is a fictional character, the star of the Harry Potter book series was born on this day in 1980 and first appeared in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which was published in 1997. The book didn’t arrive in the United States until 1998. Hugely popular, the book spawned six sequel ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which was published in 2007. Though there are only seven books in the series, Warner Bros. produced eight Harry Potter movies from 2001 to 2011. Just when you thought the craze would finally be over, recent news stories report that two more books will be released in October of 2017 to coincide with the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book series. The two books are titled, Harry Potter: The Book of the Exhibition and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic. The two books will focus on the different subjects taught at Hogwarts. Incidentally, Daniel Radcliffe who portrays Harry in the movies, was born on July 23, 1989.

‘The Shadow’ makes His First Appearance on Radio "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" was the opening line to The Shadow radio program spoken by actor Frank Readick Jr. The Shadow was a collection of serialized dramas originally published as pulp novels. On this day in 1930, the Shadow aired his first radio show,  which was followed by a magazine series, comic books,  comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures.

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