Those of us who came of age around the time that the first Harry Potter books were published probably owe significant chunks of our childhoods to J.K. Rowling. I’d wager that many of us who were not yet 11 years old had a small glimmer of hope that acceptance letters from Hogwarts were in our future. (I’m still a little peeved about that, to be honest.)
That’s why it’s kind of baffling to realize that it’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published.
Harry Potter devotees on Twitter are celebrating this auspicious anniversary with the hashtag #HarryPotter20, and reminiscing about how far we’ve all come since we were first introduced to J.K. Rowling’s vivid and imaginative world.
But it was J.K. Rowling’s tweet about the occasion that really tugged at people’s heartstrings.
This sentiment is especially poignant when you step back and think about how much Rowling’s life has changed since she first began writing the books in an Edinburgh coffee shop, as a single mother, during her spare time.
Thanks for letting us all play in your world, Jo! For many of us, it has made more of a difference in our lives than you could ever know.