Twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling took book lovers across the world on a magical journey with a young wizard, Harry Potter and his two friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley.
To mark and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter social media giant Facebook added a cute Easter egg for posts.
Mentioning the words “Harry Potter,” “Gryffindor,” “Ravenclaw,” “Hufflepuff,” or “Slytherin,” in a text post will cause the words to light up in their respective house colors (Harry and Gryffindor in red, Ravenclaw in blue, Hufflepuff in yellow, and Slytherin in green). As an added bonus: tapping on the Potter-related words causes a magic wand to appear and shoot out sparks, just like in the books.
Looking back on her spectacular journey, Rowling tweeted, "20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you."
The seven-part book series of Harry Potter - "The Philosopher's Stone", "The Chamber of Secrets", "The Prisoner of Azkaban", "The Goblet of Fire", "The Order of the Phoenix", "The Half-Blood Prince" and "The Deathly Hallows" - became so popular that children would queue up outside book stores hours before they hit the shelves.
The massive popularity of the story soon piqued the interest of major Hollywood producers. It was Warner Bros which gave birth to the eight-part money-spinning "Harry Potter" franchise, starring young Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Just like Rowling, who became an overnight star, the popularity of the movie's three main leads - Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley) was no less than an A-list Hollywood star.
Fans of Harry Potter took to social media to celebrate the milestone with '20 years of Harry Potter' trending on Twitter while Facebook introduced a special feature for all Potter heads. Publishers Blooms bury celebrated "house week" by releasing special edition of the first book in the colours of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witch craft and Wizardry-- Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. All this are clear indications that Harry Potter still lives in the hearts of fans.