Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy 19 Years Later! Historic Harry Potter Date Comes to Life in Real Time

In 1998, author J.K. Rowling embarked on a publishing journey where she took readers into her imagination known as the wizarding world. A young boy Harry Potter discovered he was a wizard and destined to face off against Lord Voldemort, one of the darkest wizards of all-time.From characters and places to magical objects and even calendar dates, her creations have held a genuine significance for fans to reflect on and celebrate. September 1st, 2017, marks the pivotal occasion when her hero's journey came to an end in her books.

Today, in the real and fictional world, Harry Potter with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger return to King's Cross Station. Following years of trials and triumphs fighting Lord Voldemort, their lives have changed for the better in the final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After an epic battle descends between good and evil on the Hogwarts grounds, Rowling's epilogue offers consolation to her readers - all turns out to be well for our hero.

Standing on Platform 9 3/4 Quarters, where young Harry and readers initially crossed over between the Muggle to wizarding world, an adult Harry Potter stands with his family wife Ginny Weasley and their children Albus Severus, James Sirius and Lily Luna. Among other parents and children on the platform, Ron and Hermione are married with children Rose Granger-Weasley and Hugo Granger-Weasley. They're all readying to send their children off to their first year of wizarding schooling at Hogwarts.

For many Harry Potter fans, the epilogue brimming with details brought comfort to the long-awaiting and anticipating journey for their favorite series to end. A lot has happened for the characters as the book comes to a close. Some Potterheads weren't happy with the vagueness of Rowling's last moments and who she decided to feature in the end.

In 2007, fans might've thought Deathly Hallows would be the end of reading an officially published story of Harry Potter by Rowling. But the beloved author would surprise everyone nearly eight years later in 2015 by approving of the official eighth story: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Picking up on this very day where her novel left off, Potter's child Albus Severus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy commence a series of mind-and-time bending shenanigans at Hogwarts. Exclusively sold as a rehearsal script and performed specifically for the stage on the West End and Broadway, Cursed Child, the next addition marked a new era for fans and the wizarding world.

September 1st, 2017 is only going to happen once. And, it's truly magical that we can live this date from the books in real time. Kings Cross Station in London serves as a literary landmark, where soem fans are taking the day to visit the place where it all started to board the Hogwarts express. Others have found other ways to celebrate this special day by watching the movies, going to the theme parks or theatrical show, and of course, reading the books.

So rarely does a fantasy series merge fiction with the real world in such an inspiring, monumental way that it captures millions of readers' hearts. Rowling's story has come to life in the movies, theme parks, museums, and merchandise. A lot of fans identify with the characters. Because of the theme parks, we can go to some of the story's locations like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Dates on the calendar are now acknowledged on social media and fandom communities around the world. The story might've started in our imaginations, but it became something far more important and exciting, something to celebrate in our everyday lives.

Happy 19 Years Later!

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