International Harry Potter Day: How Fans Around the World Are Celebrating

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

When J. Okay. Rowling began writing Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in 1990, she most likely didn’t anticipate it to turn into the worldwide phenomenon that it’s. Now, 30 years later, followers across the globe are nonetheless pulling out their wands to have a good time the franchise on International Harry Potter Day. 

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe | Dominic Lipinski/PA Images through Getty Images

What is International Harry Potter Day?

Every yr, on May 2, folks everywhere in the world honor Rowling’s ebook collection by celebrating International Harry Potter Day. The custom started in 2012 when British Prime Minister David Cameron formally designated the day. 

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ms. Rowling’s work has had a huge and undeniable impact on the literary world as we know it,” Cameron stated in his 2012 assertion. “In order to fully commemorate and immortalize her work, we have to decided to officially declare May 2nd as an official international holiday, in honor of the date that protagonist Harry Potter conquered the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort. We hope that children and adults alike will be reminded of Harry Potter’s strong and courageous character on this day, as well as of the true credit that Ms. Rowling has made to society.”

As Cameron revealed in his assertion, May 2 was chosen as a result of it’s the date the Battle of Hogwarts takes place within the Harry Potter collection. It was on today that Harry and his mates lastly defeated Lord Voldemort. In the books, it was the day the world was lastly in a position to return to regular. 

What you are able to do to mark the day

There’s no official solution to have a good time International Harry Potter Day, however many individuals mark the day by rewatching all eight Harry Potter movies back-to-back. Some additionally spend the day to rereading their favourite ebook within the collection. 

Throughout the world, ebook shops and faculties put collectively magical festivals and actions to commemorate. But this yr, with all of the COVID-19 security measures in place, that is probably not doable. 

However, there are nonetheless different enjoyable actions accessible on-line. On Rowling’s new Harry Potter Hub, which is being launched on WizardingWorld.com, followers can discover Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast-themed actions and studying supplies. The website options assets from quite a lot of suppliers together with Audible, Pottermore Publishing, and Overdrive. 

“Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied,” the web site reads. The website additionally affords “special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.”  

How some followers are celebrating International Harry Potter Day this yr

As May 2 arrived, followers started observing International Harry Potter Day by reliving the magical story. “Damn it’s International Harry Potter Day??,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Well I guess I know what I’m watching today.”

A bookshop in Ireland is commemorating the day by internet hosting a digital exercise on YouTube. “This Saturday the 2nd of May is international Harry Potter Day and we here in Tertulia will be doing a Harry Potter special on Youtube Tertulia TV,” the book shop’s account tweeted. “As we have a Harry Potter corner in our bookshop and that i worked on the movies we couldn’t let it pass!” 

Many different followers took to social media to honor the Battle of Hogwarts. “Happy International Harry Potter Day,” a fan shared on Twitter. “On this day, in 1998, The Battle of Hogwarts was fought and Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort! Mischief Managed!” 

“Dear @jk_rowling it’s been 22 Years since the legendary BATTLE OF HOGWARTS,” another fan tweeted. “On this day we also lost our dearest Fred, Remus, and Tonks. So wishing you a happy International Harry Potter Day.” 

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