As Harry Potter turns 35, 15 throwback moments
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
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!
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