As Harry Potter turns 35, 15 throwback moments

  • Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2015 13:27 IST

On a dull, grey Tuesday our story starts...

And, even after so many years, it still continues. Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, celebrates his birthday on Friday, sharing it with JK Rowling. And we celebrate with him as he turns 35.

Rowling created something magical, quite literally. Her story of an lonely boy, thrust headfirst into a strange world armed with nothing but an unflinching moral code and his dear friends is something that everyone connected to on an emotional level.

There is something inexplicable that draws you towards him. We live vicariously through Harry.

And here are 15 magical moments that everyone will remember, whether you were one of the those who waited for their Hogwarts letter or went to see the last film two weeks after its release.

First visit to Diagon Alley

Whether you want an ice cream at Florean Fortescue's or a wand at Ollivander's, Diagon Alley is the place to be. It was Harry's first glimpse into the world of magic. As was ours.

Hogwarts. 'Nuff said.

The first sight of the magestic castle more than made up for all the anticipation. Be warned though: It's always better to have read Hogwarts: A History beforehand.

Quidditch through the ages

Harry grasps a snitch for the first time, never realising what an important role it would go on to play in his life.

Ron's flying Ford Anglia

"I think the invisibility booster's faulty!"

Aunt Marge takes flight

St. Brutus' would have been a better option for her.

Buckbeak the Hippogriff

Harry's first flight on the beast, after he conquered his fear, was a soaring and tender moment. Little did he know how important Buckbeak would be to him.

Lupin's Boggart class

Altogether now: Riddikulus!

Expecto Patronuuuuummmm!!!

Number 12, Grimmauld Place

The best piece of wizarding real estate in the world.

The first ever meeting of Dumbledore's Army

"Uhm, hi, you all know why we're here. We need a teacher. A proper teacher. One who's had real experience defending themselves against the Dark Arts."

Sirius and Harry at King's Cross

Sirius gives Harry a picture of the original Order of the Phoenix and tears up at the sight of James. "It's been fourteen years, and still a day doesn't go by that I don't miss your dad."

"Oh, to be young, and to feel love's keen sting."

Harry and Hermione's dance

A moment where they just forgot all their troubles, even if it were only for a few minutes.

Where it all ended

"Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew."

The author tweets @NaaharRohan

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