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21 Things That Have Changed Since The First "Harry Potter" Book Came Out

Kylie Jenner has never lived in a world without Harry.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first released on June 26, 1997, aka NINETEEN WHOLE YEARS AGO.

And the world was quite a different place then.
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And the world was quite a different place then.

1. "Mmmbop" by Hanson was top of the charts.

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2. The Spice Girls had just started filming their movie.

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3. And spent their time hanging out around computers?

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4. David Beckham and Victoria Adams had just started dating.

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5. Kylie Jenner hadn't been born yet.

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6. And Kim Kardashian was in high school.

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7. This was the newest Apple computer, and the height of technology.

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8. Princess Diana was still alive.

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9. Sandra Bullock was on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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10. And everyone was playing with these.

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11. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow had broken off their engagement 10 days earlier.

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12. Robbie Williams was about to release his debut album.

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13. Ellen had just come out on the cover of Time.

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14. And Romy and Michele's High School Reunion had just been released worldwide.

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15. Hong Kong was still a British colony.

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16. This is what Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked like.

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17. And this is what Harry Styles looked like.

18. Midsomer Murders was in its first season.

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19. Meanwhile, Law & Order: SVU hadn't even started yet.

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20. Kate Moss was described as "heroin chic".

(Also lol, Johnny Depp.)
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(Also lol, Johnny Depp.)

21. And Patrick Stewart looked exactly the same.

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