Social Media Celebrates 20 Years of Harry Potter!
Over the weekend, millions celebrated the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone outside the USA). For those who may not be familiar, this is the first book in a series of 7 that tells the story of Harry Potter, a young wizard that discovers his true history and is enrolled in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This was the start of 7 years of adventure, danger, friendship, and learning for Harry and his friends. Who would have guessed that this young adult novel with affect the lives of billions around the globe? The Harry Potter universe has maintained a steady following even after the series completion, and has since regained momentum with the birth of the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them films.
This milestone is being celebrated in different ways across the internet, the most popular being the Facebook update that allows “Harry Potter” and the names of the 4 Hogwarts Houses to be highlighted in their respective colors. Clicking on these makes a wand and a spell appear on your screen. It is quite magical! Twitter also released a glasses with lightning bolt emoji for their users. On Youtube, Fine Bros Entertainment also did their first Try Not To feel Old Challenge in a React episode, where both The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Deathly Hallows were among the featured nostalgia-filled content. The guests were amazed at how long it had been since the book release, and one guest even stated that he planned to read the book to his son once he was old enough.
Growing Up Potter
I have been a fan of fantasy and magic since I was old enough to read, starting with Enid Blyton and her Amelia Jane series, The Grimm Fairy Tales and Andersen Fairy Tales. Having only briefly heard about Harry Potter from my younger sister in 2001, both the acclaim for the amazing story, as well as the controversy surrounding it in the religious community, peaked my curiosity. I actually began following the series from the movies. Surprisingly, my religious family was not against my love for the books once I started reading them in 2003. I knew I had found a great love. I laughed, cried, screamed, and felt anger with every story. Even before the launch of Pottermore game, I already knew that I was a member of House Ravenclaw, both because I am a bookworm, and my logic and calm with. To this day I still find ways and reasons to show my Ravenclaw pride. Someday I hope to pass the information on to new fans.
I wish all of you a Happy Harry Potter 20th. Here is to 20 more years of magic and amazing in our lives! Do you still enjoy reading the books? What is your House? What have you learned from the series and your fellow Potterverse fans? Tell us in the comments!