June 24 – The New York Times created the Children’s Best Seller list because the Harry Potter books had topped the adult Best Seller list for 79 weeks straight.
July 8 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published, and midnight release parties were born.
July 16 – The Harry Potter books appeared on the adult New York Times Best Seller list for the last time before being moved to the Children’s Best Seller list.
September 29 – Filming began on the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie.
October 20 – J.K. Rowling discusses the surprising success of Harry Potter on Larry King.
November 14 – J.K. Rowling sets up the Volant Charitable Trust.