Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday was just last week and now it’s the special day of his most famous character, the Boy Who Lived himself. The Hogwarts hero’s birthday is established as July 31st in the books so Harry Potter fans everywhere are flocking to social media today to wish him many happy returns and to share their love for the Wizarding World franchise.
But wait, how old is Harry? Well, we’re glad you asked.
HARRY POTTER IS 39 TODAY WHAT THE FUCK
— Ché (@che_Mcsorley) July 31, 2019
Yup, according to the timeline of the books, Harry turns 39 today as he was born in 1980 (his time at Hogwarts begins in 1991). Feeling old yet? You should be.
On a happier note, here are just a few of the heartwarming messages folks are leaving on Twitter to mark Harry’s birthday. And let’s not forget that it’s author J.K. Rowling’s birthday, too, who’s turning 54. The writer handily gave her protagonist the same birthday as her own, which probably made it easier to remember.
It all began today.
J.K Rowling was born.
Harry Potter was born.
Harry first knew he was a wizard.
This is where it all began.
31st July. pic.twitter.com/qQ885RQlE4
— harry potter stuff (@theHPfacts) July 31, 2019
— MsMuffin (@Muffin11067299) July 31, 2019
Without Harry Potter, I don't think I'd ever have met most of my closest friends; the love for those stories transformed online communities for me, helped me see their capacity to be places of creation, collaboration and support.
— rosianna✨ (@RosiannaRojas) July 31, 2019
Happy birthday to the boy who gave me the first magical experience in my life, to whom he taught me that you are always stronger than you think and also to always value family and friends ❤#HarryPotter pic.twitter.com/XwfEn0cdDV
— Veronica Rojas (@Rojasv_17) July 31, 2019
This quote from the first novel turned out to be uncannily accurate.
«he'll be famous -a legend- i wouldn't be surprised if today was known as harry potter day in the future -there will be books written about harry- every child in our world will know his name!»
— harry potter and the philosopher’s stone. (1997) pic.twitter.com/y0RPdlpAj1
— 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 (@gayrauder) July 31, 2019
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Fans are even sharing some awesome artwork to mark the occasion, complete with misspellings that Hagrid would be proud of.
— Naomi Franquiz (@naomifranq) July 31, 2019
We hope you’re all making deliberately-bad birthday cakes like this today as well.
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) July 31, 2019
Ok, yeah sure, Harry’s great and all that, but have you ever considered this before?
It's Harry Potter's 39th birthday, and I just want to remind you all that he's such a nerd that every time he put on his invisibility cloak he literally went to the LIBRARY. <3
— Manasi Subramaniam (@sorcerical) July 31, 2019
The Harry Potter movies might have wrapped up back in 2012, but the chronicles of Wizarding World history are still unfolding in the form of the Fantastic Beasts films. The third entry in the prequel series will further explore the ramifications of the second’s big revelation: that Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) is actually the secret younger brother of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).
Unfortunately, it’s been pushed back from its original scheduled production date of later this year and will now shoot in 2020 instead, ahead of its arrival in cinemas in November 2021. As soon as we learn more about it, though, we’ll be sure to let you know.