Get out some Kleenex and remember how Harry Potter changed your own life
Unless you’re a clueless Muggle, you already know that today marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s magical release into the world with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Throughout the last two decades, the trials and successes of Harry Potter and friends have enchanted the imaginations of adults and kids alike. It’s practically impossible to put into words the impact the series has had on its fans.
Author, deity, and whole-new-universe-creator J.K. Rowling shared her gratitude for Potter lovers on Twitter today.
20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017
Predictably, fans everywhere responded in abundance, sharing how much her books meant to them for the last twenty years. The response has been huge and heartwarming, to say the least.
— Afshan Azad (@afshan_azad) June 26, 2017
The Harry Potter series is sacred to many of us who used the books as the perfect escape from whatever life handed us at the time. It allows readers to completely exit their current world and enter a whole new one, full of adventures beyond our wildest imaginations.
Harry Potter has gotten me through my parent's divorce, bullying, depression, sexual assault and PTSD. I have no words to thank you— Lauren Ingram (@laureningram) June 26, 2017
Damn. The kind of meaningful art that touches lives like this really deserves to be celebrated. I know each and every one of these books provided a safe haven of love and excitement for my little sister as she endured puberty, school bullying, our parents’ divorce, and switching schools all in the short span of a few years. It was hell for her, and I know for a fact her love for these books carried her through.
Is it getting dusty in here? I don’t know if I need some Pledge or a tissue! Never underestimate the healing powers of imagination.
Thank *you*. I went through a lot of painful stuff as a young adult and hanging out in the world you created made it a little bit better. 💖— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) June 26, 2017
Whew. Eyes getting full. Gonna spill over. Dam. Is. Breaking.
You brought magic to a generation who desperately needed it. We were inspired to push for change in our world, because of yours. Thank you.— Madeleine Dunne (@MadeleineDunne) June 26, 2017
For the last, oh, I don’t know, however-many-days-since-the-election, a lot of people have been using Harry Potter as a euphamism for The Resistance. Sure, that can be considered a little cheesy. But it’s really more of a testament to the power of the story. Harry Potter’s will for finding The Good in his world and fighting for it has been inspiring people for the last twenty years, and why wouldn’t it continue?
Hell yeah. Let’s not forget how important it is to acknowledge the sheer fact that these books got kids to read. Not only read, but voraciously devour each book. I remember taking my sister to the midnight release party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and being completely stunned at how jam-packed the bookstore was with kids of all ages, a lot of them in costume, jittery with excitement.
Thank you for making our imagination a far better place to live.— Michael Faudet (@MichaelFaudet) June 26, 2017
We’ll raise a Butterbeer to that.