Illustration of Harry Potter with red and yellow text
The Harry Potter series was written by J. K. Rowling. The seven books which were published between 1997 and 2007 have become bestsellers, with over 450 million copies sold worldwide. The books faced criticism for promoting magic and witchcraft, prompting frequent attempts to ban the series. The series topped the American Library Association’s list of top ten challenged books in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The group, Muggles for Harry Potter, formed in March 2000 to fight against the censorship of the Harry Potter series. The term ‘muggle’ is taken from the books and refers to people who are non-magical.