This year, the British Book Awards, aka The Nibbies, has recognised the first Harry Potter book in a special award that celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The British Book Awards showcase and celebrate the best books, bookshops and publishers, and this year, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published by Bloomsbury in the UK, has been honoured in their special 30from30 prize. Watch below to see J.K. Rowling’s acceptance speech.

‘It is a massive honour to receive a 30th anniversary Best of the Nibbies award for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ she said. ‘It is particularly meaningful because the first award Harry ever won was a Nibbie.’

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was chosen from a longlist of 30 books, all past winners of the awards. In their Winners’ Supplement The Bookseller said of the win:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the book that lived. It changed everything for everyone and is the rightful winner of this one-off award.’

You can visit The Bookseller website to see more award winners from this year’s virtual ceremony.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is currently being revisited as part of Harry Potter At Home, with famous fans and friends of the Wizarding World reading different chapters of the first book in a very special readalong.

You can visit the Harry Potter At Home hub here, where you’ll find all sorts of activities to entertain fans at home, including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

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