Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turns 20.

A/N- There is a post in the similar name in Launchora. That’s mine too. 😀 Happy reading folks!

 

There’s no certain day you need to be thankful about getting introduced to the best school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world. But since 26th of June 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the very first book in the series of seven, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I will take this opportunity to extend my unfeigned thanks to the following-

First, the Queen for bearing the painful days of her past and transforming the sweet-bitter memories into life lessons for many. Thank You JRo, for penning down and making us crave for the fantasy world of Hogwarts. We are still waiting for our Hogwarts Letter and there’s a hidden pleasure in doing so.

To Warner Brothers for adapting it to a movie, making the franchise go wider and stronger. Though a fair number of scenes from the books, which have been almost everyone’s favourite, didn’t make it to the big screen. We are thankful for whatever you did. Thank You for breathing life into those characters, their replacement is hard to find.

To the characters in the series, this is for all the characters because there’s not a single person I am ungrateful to. You people shaped my childhood and made me a better person every time. I am thankful to Umbridge as much I am thankful to Arthur because they both were extreme characters, one stood at the bad end while the other at the good extreme. Without Umbridge, we would not have known what a decent human is and the entire fandom will agree that she made Lord Voldemort look less evil. I am thankful to Snape, Lupin, Tonks, Bill, Fleur, Hedwig, Hermione, Dobby, Harry, Lily, James, Sirius, Molly, Ron, Fred, George; they all defined various shades of love! Love is not that typical as we see it. It comes and makes itself feel home in different ways. To Professor McGonagall for being such a disciplined and fearless teacher yet being totally badass in the turn of events.

To the subjects which made me loathe my muggle education, to Crookshanks, Hedwig, Pigwidgeon, for making me believe how pets can make your life a little better.

To the dementors because only unhappiness can make us look for the happiest of our memories.

To the Order of Phoenix for standing out for your community and against the dreadful flight of the Dark Lord’s death eaters.

To the Dumbledore’s Army for believing in one’s capabilities, for believing that all great wizards and witches once started out as a bunch of students who went on and had their name printed on the walls of history.

To the game of brooms and snitch, to Quidditch. For giving us a magnificent sport which the muggles fail to understand.

To the Houses in Hogwarts, they made us fight our way out to get sorted in our favorite houses, very much unlike the way it’s done in the magical world. Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, these four are more than names to the houses, they are family. Holding their members together right from their inception.

To Butterbeer and Fire Whiskey, I am saving myself from the muggle drinks for both of you.

And lastly, to the Potterheads who have always been there, who have experienced changes in their lives in ways similar to mine. To the bunch of Potterheads I have known for life, thank you for being ready for any sort of discussion about Harry Potter at any time of the day.

20 years and you’re still as charming and welcoming as you were on the day of your launch. Breathing into our lives ‘The Boy who Lived’ we will forever remain grateful to you.

“Whether you come back page by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

Let’s revive our copies of the Sorcerer’s Stone from the shelf and get engulfed in the arms of the extraordinary world of witchcraft and wizardry once again.

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