Ah, it’s the 31st July, do you know what that means?
It’s one year since the first Magical Quill challenge of Pottermore.
Harry Potter’s 32nd birthday.
But most importantly it is J.K Rowling’s 47th birthday. Today most people think of Harry, he’s pretty much synonymous with this date, but without J.K Rowling he would not exist. So it’s important to remember her too.
J.K Rowling is an amazing woman. Talented, imaginative and humble. She is so hugely successful but she doesn’t live in the public eye. She gives vast amounts of money to charity because, on top of those other qualities, she is generous.
She came from nothing, she came from poverty and depression to become one of the most famous names in the UK and the world, even appearing in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
She gave us all a gift with her books, the story of Harry Potter will forever remain a part of history and we are the ones who lived it. We were there waiting for each book release, going to midnight openings or midnight screenings and even film premieres. She gave us an exciting world that seemed so real. Eleven-year-olds across the globe wait for the post on their birthday hoping, wishing, praying that they’d get their Hogwarts acceptance letter. 10 years ago that was what I was doing.
The world of Harry Potter instilled, in all of us, a sense of excitement, it alluded to the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the magical world was real, we weren’t supposed to know about it after all. It had such an impact on so many people, a positive impact. There is a theme park dedicated to it, a tour explaining all the filming secrets and almost everyone around the world know the names J.K Rowling and Harry Potter.
Friendships were forged through it. I have been introduced to some of the most amazing people from all over the world because of Harry Potter and we’ve known each other for a year.
There are some people who won’t understand our love for Harry Potter, who don’t even try. They laugh and make fun but they deserve to be pitied. They don’t understand because they missed out on something wonderful, they missed out on something amazing and they will never get a chance to feel what we have felt.
She is a genius, a complete and utter genius who has touched so many lives. Chamber of Secrets changed my life. Yes, I’m only 21 and some of you out there might scoff, but it showed me a career I had never considered, it showed me possibilities I had no idea existed. So I took the opportunity and I’m striving towards that goal, because of Chamber of Secrets, because of Harry Potter, because of J.K Rowling.
So, I know you will probably won’t ever read this, but thank you. Thank you for my childhood, thank you for those adventures and thank you for some of the friends I have made. You are my hero.
And happy birthday, I hope it’s magical.