Wizards and muggles worldwide are celebrating two important birthdays today.
J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter empire, turned 53 today and shares a birthday with her beloved character, who has leaped from the page to the stage and silver screen and beyond.
Potter would be 38 years old, according to the books, movie and Tony Award-winning “Cursed Child” timelines, which indicate that the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry alum was born in 1980. Pottermore, a digital look at the wizarding world, confirms the date in its Potter profile.
The “Harry Potter” world has only grown since the book release of “Philosopher’s Stone,” which celebrated its 21-year anniversary in June. Rowling is currently promoting the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movies, which are based on the textbook given to all Hogwarts students and focus on life before Potter and his friends.
“I’m a long way out of my usual time zone and have just woken up to hundreds of early birthday greetings! Thank you,” Rowling wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Here are some of the Potterheads who sent their birthday wishes to the dynamic duo.
Happy Birthday @jk_rowling ❤️ Harry Potter changed my life in countless ways.Thank you for sharing the magic and MOST importantly,teaching me that the most powerful magic of them all,is LOVE.Eternally indebted ❤️❤️#happybirthdayharrypotter #potterhead #always #throwback pic.twitter.com/vazLHcYNYd— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) July 31, 2018
Happy birthday, Harry Potter! We've got a special message from Harry Potter illustrators.— N-YHistoricalSociety (@NYHistory) July 31, 2018
We're celebrating by announcing our full schedule of awesome events this fall/winter for "Harry Potter: A History of Magic"! Get event tickets now: https://t.co/gUBRXUorTh #HarryPotterNYHS pic.twitter.com/BqjrpKbj06
Today is Harry Potter’s birthday. People still laugh in my face & say the same thing, “You do know it’s not real, right?” Obviously. But when I found those books, I was in a bad place. They provided an escape to a world that accepted me. That’s real.#HappyBirthdayHarryPotter— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) July 31, 2018