A particular, magical hashtag became a trend this Thursday on Twitter: #BacktoHogwarts. All Potterheads know the date: every September 1st, Harry Potter, Hermione Grander and Ron Wealy cross Kings’s Cross Platform 9 ¾ to board the Hogwarts Express.
Twenty-five years ago, the heroic trio entered the train for the first time. It was 1991 when Potter told to the Sorting Hat he wanted to be a part of the Gryffindor House. The first book took off on 1997 and waited five years to hit the big screen.
London’s real King’s Cross station took their time to remind and enjoy the day. The train station confirmed the departure of the Hogwarts Express posting details of the magical route on their departure boards.
As a result, several fans took pictures on the nine ¾ wall with a bag and an owl cage on their trolleys, trying to sneak into the school of wizardry and magic.
But Reality is harsh. Or maybe the younglings are yet to receive the real invitation from director Newt Scamander –author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.” September first, in the real world, is the end of vacations for UK schools and colleges and the signal to go back to class.
#BackToHogwarts was the pipeline to speak of all kinds of Potterverse dreams
Harry Potter imploded with social media happiness all over the place, while JK Rowling may have confused her Harry Potter time canon on a Tweet.
“IF YOU’RE AT KING’S CROSS, THEN POTTER, GRANGER, WEASLEY AND MALFOY FAMILIES ARE THERE TOO. ALBUS SEVERUS STARTS SCHOOL TODAY. #19YEARSLATER,” tweeted JK Rowling on September 1st.
The hashtag is a reference of the final book’s epilog, that controversial chapter of the Deathly Hollows where the protagonist come back from their happily-ever-after set up to drop their 11-year-old sons on King’s Cross.
The original series concluded on May 2, 1998. The final sentence of the saga reads: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” However, only 18 years has passed since the final battle against He-Who-Must-Not-Named.
Fans were quick to note that James Sirius Potter may be growing too fast
Either way, Potterheads in the real world were back in their schools, high schools, colleges or in the four walls of their offices, while still waiting for the food trolley – the Honeyduke Express – to pass by with a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
No worries. Next October the world will see a Quidditch tournament in the Harry Potter Festival at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.