Every Harry Potter fan can tell you in great detail about the first moment he or she was swept away to Hogwarts.
We remember the nights in bed telling ourselves, "Just one more chapter...", we remember the moment we held our breath during the movie the first time the castle came into view... and we all shared the same thought - "I wish it were real. I want to go there."
Ah! But you did! At least, according to a recent tweet made by series author J.K. Rowling which reads:
"All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together."
Harry Potter fans around the world got a shocking realization this past weekend when Rowling reminded us of this notion. She even continued on to quote the beloved Dumbledore in a follow up tweet, "Of course it happened inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it wasn't real?"
To a fan of this series, this is everything. The world J.K. Rowling has created is one that countless generations will discover and revisit over and over. Together we have given her story life. We've sorted ourselves into houses and wear the colors with pride, we planned our career paths in the wizarding world, and we've even seen what makes up our patronus.
Books, movies, and even a theme park, Harry Potter is more than a franchise, it is a real place. It is all of us. Many think that turning the final page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or watching the credits roll on the final film was the end of something, for the lack of better words, magical. But here is the creator, assuring us that we gave it life, and we did it together.
J.K. Rowling said it best at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the final lines of her speech, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
I don't know about you, but I think tonight might be a good night to open that book and get my letter all over again.
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