How our lives have changed since Harry Potter 

The Wizarding World

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone premiered on Nov. 16, 2001.

When filming began, Daniel Radcliffe was 11, Emma Watson was 10, and Rupert Grint was 12.

It grossed almost a billion dollars.

Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released, six other films have followed.

Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates have served as directors.

Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint all hit and surpassed puberty.

The original Albus Dumbledore, Richard Harris, died. Michael Gambon had to replace him, starting with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film.

The last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in the summer of 2007.

Universal Studios opened up a Harry Potter-themed section of their Islands of Adventure in 2010.

You can now buy Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, butterbeer, and magic wands.

We lost Cedric Diggory, Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore, Mad-Eye Moody, and Dobby.

J.K. Rowling let Dumbledore out of the closet.

You can now read the seven Harry Potter books in print or on various forms of e-readers.

Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released, the world has entered a new decade.

SARS, Bird Flu, and Swine Flu proved to be disappointing pandemics.

There was LiveJournal, then Friendster, then MySpace, then Facebook, then Twitter, then Tumblr, then FourSquare, and now Google+.

American Idol started. Friends ended. So did Oprah.

There have been 15 seasons of The Bachelor and seven of The Bachelorette.

Apple gave us the iPod, and iTunes, and almost five versions of the iPhone, and two versions of the iPad.

Stephanie Meyer wrote four Twilight books. The fourth, Breaking Dawn, will be released as two films, the first opening this November.

Livestrong bracelets and skinny jeans were in. Trucker hats came and went, thank goodness.

The Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.

The United States elected its first black president. Fidel Castro resigned.

A new pope was appointed.

Martha Stewart, Paris Hilton, and Tommy Chong went to jail, and so did OJ Simpson, but for completely different reasons than any of us could have imagined.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released from jail and later passed away.

The world also lost Michael Jackson, Hunter S. Thompson, and Steve Irwin.

R. Kelly was trapped in the closet.

People bought Snuggies and Shake Weights.

There was a royal wedding.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. It will be legal in New York starting later this month.

We terminated Osama bin Laden. The Iraqi Special Tribunal hung Saddam Hussein.

Tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes killed countless people all over the world.

It snowed twice in Charleston.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was completed.

Joseph P. Riley Jr. was elected the city's mayor twice.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premieres at midnight on July 14, 2011.

You can watch it in 3-D, in IMAX 3-D, or in 2-D.

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are 21. Rupert Grint is 22.

Radcliffe recently admitted to having a problem with alcohol. Watson recently dropped out of Brown University. Grint is the least well known in the press.

We are all almost 10 years older.


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