Monday 26th June 2017
On the 20th anniversary of the UK publication of Philosopher’s Stone, Pottermore spoke to fans gathered at King’s Cross Station.
As many fans will know, King’s Cross Station is something of a homing beacon for Harry Potter fans, who come from far and wide to visit a particular point in the train station: the wall where the entrance to platform nine and three-quarters would be.
Today marks 20 years since the first book, Philosopher’s Stone, was published in the UK, and the fans were feeling particularly nostalgic as they posed for photos two decades to the day we first heard the name, ‘Harry Potter’.
‘I can’t believe it’s 20 years,’ said Matthew from London. ‘I remember reading them when I was four. My dad started reading me the first one. That’s my first Harry Potter memory. Now I’ve read them about 16 or 17 times, and I’ve just re-read them again!’
His friend, Eve, admitted that she was born in the year the first Potter book came out.
‘Yeah, I was born that year. That’s really weird, actually,’ Eve said. ‘My favourite Harry Potter moment was in Goblet of Fire when we learned about the wizarding schools, all the other schools. Up to that point I thought there was only one. For me, it was a turning point.’
Emma and Micheal were checking out their special house-themed Harry Potter books, which have been published by Bloomsbury especially for the anniversary. The pair still managed to get on despite Emma being a Gryffindor and Micheal being a proud Slytherin, although Emma admitted her favourite moment included the slapping of a different member of the house.
‘My favourite Harry Potter moment was when Hermione slapped Malfoy, to be honest,’ she laughed.
Sarla and Brook, visiting from Chicago, reminisced about the traditional midnight openings of new Harry Potter books and films, having grown up with their parents reading them the books as children.
‘My favourite memory was waiting at the book stores, waiting for them to be released and staying up all night reading them.’
Pottermore even spotted Albus Dumbledore himself celebrating the anniversary, sporting a very robust long white beard, but the gentleman claimed he was actually called John.
‘I’m actually Santa Claus. I’m going incognito,’ he told us.
Your secret’s safe with us, Albus. Sorry, John.