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J.K. Rowling Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of 'Harry Potter': 'It's Been Wonderful'

by Rachel McRady 5:03 AM PDT, June 26, 2017
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After all this time? Always. Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the U.K., introducing Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger and their magical world to muggles everywhere.

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In honor of the milestone anniversary, #HarryPotter20 started trending on Twitter with a special glasses and lightning bolt emoji and Facebook rolled out a magical special effect for anyone who posted the words “Harry Potter” or one of the house names in their status.

Potter scribe J.K. Rowling also took a moment to pay tribute to the day, addressing her more than 10 million followers.

“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,” Rowling wrote. “It’s been wonderful. Thank you. #HarryPotter20.”

And 20 years later, new information from the Wizarding World is still coming to light. Over the weekend, Rowling penned a story about Harry’s ancestry, revealing that he wasn’t the first “Harry” in the Potter family.

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"Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates) was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 – 1921," she wrote. "Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight."

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