We can’t believe it’s been ten whole years, a decade, a tenth of a century, the average lifespan of a wild deer, since the final installment of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series hit shelves, broke hearts, and affirmed lives all over the planet.
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Fans around the world gathered at midnight for the book’s release on this day in 2007, awaiting what was thought to be Rowling’s final word on the wizarding world.
While it was in some ways the end of an era, the franchise has, thankfully, gone on to expand in a multitude of directions, from the Fantastic Beasts series to new spin-off books to Pottermore to theme parks.
The final movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ was released in 2011, with J.K Rowling and the stars of the films appearing in Trafalgar Square in London to greet fans and officially bid farewell to the series. It was here that Rowling uttered her famous, tear-jerking words:
“Whether you come back by page, or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
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