What is Back to Hogwarts day? What is happening this year to celebrate it? And what would you get if we add powdered root of asphodel to and infusion of wormwood? All your burning questions are answered here!
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In the run-up to 1st September, fans from all generations come together to celebrate a very special day in the wizarding world calendar: Back to Hogwarts. The day Harry Potter boarded the Hogwarts Express and was whisked off to the magical school that would change his life. Here’s your run-down on exactly what it means to go Back to Hogwarts.
Yes, the concept of Back to Hogwarts day has been celebrated for many years now (you can also read our potted history of previous events here) – and this year, you can expect some fun announcements, fan celebrations and a variety of spellbinding activities to really get in the mood. Here’s just some of the things, be them physical or digital, to look out for.
Over the years, it has become something of a tradition that UK-based Harry Potter fans (or people visiting!) come along to King’s Cross Station on 1st September to countdown to 11 o’ clock: the time the Hogwarts Express sets off for a fresh school term. This year, any visitors to King’s Cross can expect a few surprises and photo opportunities set up around the station to really make your celebration feel extra-special.
For those who cannot come to King’s Cross, do not worry at all. There are so many ways we are celebrating digitally too.
Witches and wizards may have all manner of spells to make their lives easier, but at least we have TikTok, which enchants us in its own ways. This year, a very special guest in the shape of Tom Felton will be hosting a segment recorded at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter, which you can watch on 1st September with TikTok live. Draco Malfoy was famously a nuisance on the Hogwarts Express, but we’re sure his real-life counterpart will be as charming as ever. Expect Tom to take you on a trip down memory lane at the very place where he filmed the Harry Potter series, with some fun activities along the way. Fans can watch along on TikTok at @wizardingworld & @t22felton on 1st September at 7:00pm BST.
And if you miss the TikTok on the day, don’t worry, you’ll be able to catch up on our YouTube channel later on.
It wouldn’t be the start of term without an announcement or two… brand new for this year, fans are invited to watch a special presentation crammed full of news and updates, highlighting some of the exciting things the Wizarding World has in store. Expect news on the upcoming RPG console game Hogwarts Legacy, a first look at a particularly magical product, and spellbinding live experiences which fans will not want to miss. Tune into www.youtube.com/c/WizardingWorld at 6:20pm BST on 1st September to watch along.
Do you know someone who is learning about the wizarding world for the first time and has absolutely no idea where to begin? Do not fear. Our new easy-explainer video series will help your Hogwarts studies begin with aplomb. Here, you’ll learn about the traditions of the wizarding community, the history of the houses and the secrets of Hogwarts castle. Grab some parchment and a quill (or a biro, at a stretch) and be prepared to take notes! We’re dropping new episodes across the coming weeks. The first episode can be seen here.
But of course, you can celebrate Back to Hogwarts day however you like. Why not use the hashtag #BACKTOHOGWARTS online and tell us how you’re marking 2022’s magical moment? You can also visit our Back to Hogwarts page here to keep abreast of any latest activities or simply learn the history of the day. And again, you can always register with us too to build up your wizarding identity, discover your Hogwarts house, Patronus and wand. Check out our regular newsletter to add a dash of magic to your inbox too. Phew!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, adding powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood, you’d brew a pretty effective sleeping potion. Just in case you’d forgotten.
Back to Hogwarts day takes place 1st September, 2022.