Potterheads unite to celebrate Harry Potter’s '19 Years Later' epilogue
MANILA, Philippines – It’s a magical, emotional day for wizards and muggles everywhere because September 1, 2017 marks the day when the final scene in the Harry Potter series unfolds at the King’s Cross Station in London.
The scene, written as an epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is set 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. This means that on September 1 this year, Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione are dropping their kids off at Platform 9 3/4 to send them to Hogwarts – a first for Harry and Ginny’s second son, Albus Severus.
As the official interactive website Pottermore says, it's an important day, not only because it's Albus Severus' first day, but also because the book and readers are now caught up with each other in real time.
Harry Potter writer and chief wizard JK Rowling herself commemorated the special day with a tweet:
Today's the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross for the first time #19yearslater— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2017
Actor Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick and the goblin Griphook in the movies, even turned up at King’s Cross to wait for Harry Potter along with scores of fans, who came Hogwarts-ready, dressed in robes and scarves in their house colors.
Meanwhile, Pottermore celebrated the day with the launch of the Hogwarts Experience, an interactive digital version of the Hogwarts grounds.
Twitter also released a limited-edition hashtag #19yearslater, which shows a tiny Hogwarts Express at the end of it – so even fans who can’t make it to Platform 9 3/4 can join in on the magic. – Rappler.com