It’s exactly 20 years since the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out and JK Rowling became a published author. The first hardback that was published on June 26, 1997 was just 500 copies. Today the franchise is the highest selling franchise of all times. To mark this momentous occasion Facebook has launched an Easter Egg which fills the screen with sparks from a wand. Each time anyone types the name of the four houses (Gryffindor, Huffflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin) or Harry Potter as a comment or update, the Facebook screen lights up with a wand, sparks and all.
Once the word is typed in it changes colour according to the house colours in the Harry Potter series. Red for Gryffindor, Yellow for Hufflepuff, Blue for Ravenclaw and Green for Slytherin. If you type Harry Potter then that also shows in red as Harry Potter was a part of the Gryffindor house in the series. Once the name is typed, a wand appears and shows magic. Stars and sparks fly in the air as well as a lightning bolt. If the wand disappears, clicking on the wand makes the magic appear once again. While Facebook has activated some fun magic for the users, Twitter has come up with a Harry Potter emoji. The hashtag #HarryPotter20 brings up the iconic image of the Harry Potter spectacles with the lightning bolt scar. Fans have been using it to share their memories of the series on Twitter and the hashtag is trending since morning. Harry Potter star Tom Felton sings and plays guitar on the streets of Prague but people fail to recognize him! (Watch video)
Harry Potter released 20 years ago but fans are still crazy about the series – whether books or movies. There are umpteen numbers of fandoms and fan fictions written about the boy-who-lived. Pottermore is the official website by JK Rowling where fans can relive the story and find more in-depth features and background stories about the characters. The Harry Potter movie franchise made huge stars out of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy respectively. Stephen King and JK Rowling had an epic Twitter conversation after Donald Trump blocked him, Twitterati can’t keep calm over the exchange!
The final installment of Harry Potter movies came to a completion with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The franchise continued in 2016 with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It stars Eddie Redmayne playing the character of magizoologist Newt Scamander and is slated to be a five film series. The next installment will have Johnny Depp and Jude Law along with Eddie Redmayne.