If you can believe it, it has been 20 years to the day since Harry Potter apparated into our world. Author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published on June 26, 1997, then crossed the pond with the slightly altered "Sorcerer's Stone" title in its 1998 U.S. release.
Twitter honored the anniversary with a fancy hashtag -- #HarryPotter20 -- and fans from around the world are celebrating the milestone by sharing how much the series has meant to them.
It has meant the most to Rowling, who is not only insanely rich now, she has a world of new fans and friends. That validation has its own kind of magic. It was not inevitable that the story would play out this way, and Rowling knows that. She shared her gratitude in her own anniversary tweet:
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
Here are a few more tweets honoring the big day:
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
Although we tried our best as parents I think your creation and humane philosophy has been the single biggest influence on @lilysfritz xxx— Robin Fritz (@Royalroblue) June 26, 2017
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