Slovaks bewitched by Harry Potter

Slovaks bewitched by Harry Potter

26 June is quite an important date in the calendar. On June 26, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring: “Ich bin ein Berliner”. And in 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling, was published in the United Kingdom. Since then, more than 500 million copies of Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. In Slovakia, this number stands currently at around 1 million 100 thousand books. 

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macho.jpeg The publishing house IKAR celebrated 20 years of Harry Potter in Slovakia back in 2000. On this occasion they released a new edition of the Harry Potter books illustrated by the renown Slovak illustrator Adrián Macho. These illustrations were selected among the best Harry Potter illustrations worldwide.
(Source: Courtesy of Adrián Macho, IKAR)

Up to this date, Harry Potter is the most sold children’s book series, and the most sold children’s books in Slovak history.Therefore, it also has a wide fanbase in Slovakia. These young people travel to filming locations, but also meet, discuss and eventually dress up as their favorite characters. We spoke to hosts of a specialised Slovak podcast dedicated to the Harry Potter universe.

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Zuzana Botiková with two "Bewitched" guests, Lucy and Aniš.


Stanislav Yanevski, perhaps better known as the Bulgarian wizard Viktor Krum,
met the Slovak fans at the SlavCon festival in 2019.
(Photo courtesy: SlavCon)

Zuzana Botiková

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