Happy Birthday Harry Potter! The boy wizard turns 37 today and he shares a birthday — July 31 — with his creator, author JK Rowling. According to the books, Harry was born in 1980. Rowling, meantime, was born in 1965, making her 52 today.
Ready to celebrate? Here are three Potter-themed gift ideas to check out, whether you’re just getting into the spell-binding series, or are a seasoned Potter-head.
1. Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
An exact replica of the one sent to all incoming Hogwarts students seen in the Harry Potter movies. The fantastical gift pack also comes with a Hogwarts Express Platform 9 3/4 train ticket and a Knight bus ticket.
2. Re-read the Original Book Series
The first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (renamed “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for its release in the U.S.) caught on like hellfire with readers both young and old, and the novel spawned six more sequels that have sold a total of more than 450 million copies worldwide.
3. Re-watch the Harry Potter Films
Oh how far he’s come. Harry Potter celebrates his 20th anniversary this year, marking two decades since the Boy Wizard was introduced to audiences. In that time, he’s spawned five sequels, eight films and turned its author and cast into certified A-list stars. Click through for a look back at how it all started — and what the cast is up to now.
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