JK Rowling Celebrates the Official '19 Years Later' Date From Harry Potter

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Apart from May 2 and July 31-the Battle of Hogwarts and Harry Potter's birthday respectively-no other date looms larger in the minds of Harry Potter fans than that of September 1.

September means back to school, and for the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, that means a train ride and a little bit of magic.

For those who know the wizarding world very well, they'd know that today is very special: the day when young wizards head to Hogwarts. We discovered on the page and on the stage that Albus was afraid that he would be sorted into Slytherin House, the same fear Harry had as a child, while his father tried to assure him that it would be his choice.

A Harry Potter fans at King's Cross Station, London. However, this year is even more important, because 2017 is when Harry brings his son Albus Potter to Platform 9 ¾ for the first time.

Continuing the spellbinding debut of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series in DeVos Performance Hall, audiences will experience the next two chapters with the Grand Rapids Symphony performing music to the films from one of the most beloved franchises in history. The Hogwarts Express leaves every year at September 1st.

They also counted down as the clock struck 11, marking the start of something brand new.

Rowling herself marked the day with a tweet.

J.K. Rowling's Pottermore has launched a free, 360-degree digital experience beginning letting visitors explore the famous wizarding school and its grounds, including the Quidditch pitch and the Forbidden Forest.

It's also the date for the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the theater production billed as the eighth story in the Potter series.

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