“There’s a lot of meat on the bones of these books – good writing, honest feeling, a sweet uncompromising view of human nature… and hard reality… The fact that Harry attracted adults as well as children has never surprised me. J.K. Rowling has set the standard: It’s a high one, and God bless her for it.” –Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
If you have a lot of Harry Potter fans on any of your social media feeds, you might notice them celebrating something today. Today’s date marks a very special occasion in the Potter fandom. We’ve finally caught up to the epilogue scene in The Deathly Hallows IN REAL LIFE. Nineteen years after the characters from the trio era defeated Lord Voldemort at the Battle at Hogwarts! There’s peace in the Wizarding World. It’s a big deal.
September 1st traditionally marks the first day of school for Hogwarts’ students. If you’re in London, the Hogwarts Express leaves from King’s Cross Train Station Platform 9 3/4 at 1100 AM. Jo ends her internationally acclaimed series by having us watch Harry, Ron, and Hermione send their kids back to school. It’s Albus Severus, Rose, and Scorpius’ first day.
So, why are we celebrating again? A lot of us read the book for the first in 2007. 2007! That was 10 years ago. The fact that we’ve actually caught up with this date in the series we grew up with hits home fast and hard. We’re going to let you know how excited we are about it.
The Harry Potter series also celebrates a couple of other milestones this year too:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone celebrates 20 years on bookshelves this year.
- The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow book celebrates 10 years on the bookshelves this year.
Thank you for the memories and adventures, Jo.
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. Wands up!