J.K. Rowling truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did she bless us with a world of witches and wizards way back when -- a world that changed our childhoods forever -- but has kept that childish wonder in us alive by revealing new secrets and adventures over the years. And that isn’t even including the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. How did we ever get so lucky as to have her?
Now, the author has revealed that when the Hogwarts Express leaves Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross on Tuesday, there will be a very special passenger onboard: James Sirius Potter, the eldest son of Harry and Ginny Potter.
“I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today,” she tweeted with the hashtag #BackToHogwarts.
As well-versed Potterheads know, the epilogue of Deathly Hallows takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, on the day Harry’s second son, Albus Severus, leaves for his school. James was already enrolled, though we didn’t know his exact start date.
And Rowling seemed delighted fans were passing her message to James:
“Say 'hi' back, but only if it won't interrupt any burgeoning friendships,” she tweeted one fan, adorably recalling Harry’s inaugural trip on the Hogwarts Express, where he met Ron and Hermione for the first time.
When fans continued tweeting their “hellos” to James, Rowling responded, “Now worried that he'll be irritated by the number of people saying hi.”
Harry Potter fans soon started commemorating other September 1 milestones:
James Potter's first year and Teddy Lupin's last, oh the emotions— Kate (@katy_who) September 1, 2015
While others were otherwise just emotional:
Anyway, we wonder what house James will get sorted into when he arrives. Whichever it ends up being, he’ll surely almost die far fewer times than his father did. We hope.
UPDATE: And now we have an answer. GRYYYYYYYYFFINDOR!
Have just heard that James S Potter has been Sorted (to nobody's surprise) into Gryffindor. Teddy Lupin (Head Boy, Hufflepuff) disappointed.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
Now, find out what Daniel Radcliffe told us about whether he will reprise his Harry Potter role anytime soon: