10 Ways to Celebrate Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary

10 Ideas to Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday

June 26th, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was officially published in the UK. From books to movies, charities, education, and theme parks, our Muggle world knows the name of the boy who lived. Want to mark this magical milestone? Here are ten ideas to celebrate Harry Potter's very special birthday. Are you planning on celebrating our favorite magical series? Feel free to share in the comments!

1. Join Pottermore's Book Club

Whether we're reading Harry Potter for the very first time, or planning to re-read, Pottermore has announced a great new book club for wizards. After registering on the site for free, participants aim to read one book a month and take part in discussions with fellow bookworms.

2. Read the first book again

Go back on that first journey to Hogwarts and aside some free time to re-read the Philosopher's Stone. Pair up your walk down memory lane with a nice cup of tea or snacks.

3. Donate to Lumos

While lighting up the world with her books, Rowling created a foundation to help children who are left abandoned and orphaned in terrible conditions. Lumos works to put an end to millions of children's suffering around the world. Consider getting involved by making a donation and raising awareness.

4. Attend Bloomsbury's exhibition

UK Publisher Bloomsbury will be collaborating with the British Library in London to hold a Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition. From October 20th, 2017 to February 28th, 2018, items such as the rare books, objects, and unpublished works from Bloomsbury and Rowling will be on display.

5. Check Your Local Events

Yoga? Conventions? Trivia night? Organizations in your local area might be coordinating a Harry Potter themed events all year long. Scour the newspaper or google harry potter events in your city. Websites like EventBrite lists events make it as easy as looking in a crystal ball, so mark your calendars!

6. Visit Universal Studios theme parks

Universal has conjured three amazing Harry Potter themed parks around the world - in California, Florida, and Japan. Decked out with Hogsmeade (and/or Diagon Alley), fans can journey through life-like attractions inspired by the Chosen One's adventures, pick up splendid collectibles like house scarves and robes, try wizarding food and toast the boy who lived with delicious Butterbeer.

7. Buy new copies

Bloomsbury is also re-releasing new covers for Philosopher's Stone inspired by each Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff. Open exclusively to the UK, fans can pre-order the covers with leather bookmarks too.

8. Donate books to children in need

Harry Potter sparked imagination and a love of reading for millions of children. I was one of them, and I'm sure you are too. Help children find their love of stepping into another world and finding themselves in fictional characters by donating books to those children in need. Donations to The Harry Potter Alliance's program gives kids and their parents an opportunity build their own home libraries. Check organizations in your area which might be accepting donations too such as schools, homeless shelters, and churches.

9. Hold a movie marathon

Sit, back, and relax and watch your favorite adventures with some simple snacks like jelly beans and homemade butterbeer. Go hardcore by watching a few of your favorite adventures or squeeze them all in one day. Think it can't be done? With the right timing, enthusiasm, and determination, it can! Here are my tips so you can try it for yourself!

10. Throw a Harry Potter birthday

Invite your own golden trio over for a Harry Potter themed party. Enjoy a cake (or a cake button), make pencil wands, homemade butterbeer, a scrumptious cake, and decorations. Bloomsbury has a downloadable party pack available on their website. Sit and watch the first movie together or take turns re-reading the first book. Remember to raise a glass of butterbeer or pumpkin juice and toast the boy who lived!

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