In November 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, based on J.K. Rowling’s original story, opened in cinemas across the world, introducing fans to the wizarding world on the big screen for the first time. Now, 20 years on, we’ve selected 20 key moments from Harry’s first adventure for fans to commemorate.
So, between now and November, join us every week to celebrate a different iconic scene from the movie that started it all. We’re calling this time of celebration ’20 Years of Movie Magic’ - and we implore you to join us in these digital festivities.
Today, we’re looking at the scene where Harry is delivered his Hogwarts letter at Privet Drive (well, he got several, actually!) which you can read all about in our new 20 Years of Movie Magic hub alongside our usual collection of quizzes, craft videos, puzzles and features. You’ll also be able to watch a new video where graphic design duo MinaLima explain how they created that iconic Hogwarts letter prop. And that’s only the start.
Every week, a new moment will unlock so you can unpack a different key scene with us in different ways. Perhaps your personal favourite moment will feature soon if you stay tuned? And if you’re old enough, our social channels also have some cute magical delights to have some fun with – including an interactive Platform Nine and Three-Quarters Instagram filter coming soon.
Next week, things really heat up as we get ready to honour Back to Hogwarts day on 1st September. This is a date that Harry Potter fans have a special affinity with of course – as this is the day Harry boards the Hogwarts Express at 11 o’ clock and prepares to start his new magical life. This year, we’re once again inviting fans all over the world to join us for that all-important countdown before the Hogwarts Express sets off – and we’re doing it with a livestream that you’ll be able to tune into wherever you are.
Hosted by celebrity DJ and self-proclaimed superfan Yinka Bokinni, this interactive celebration will be available on our Wizarding World YouTube channel from 10.30am BST on 1st September. Yinka will guide fans through an interactive celebration of 20 years of fandom and share breaking news and features that Harry Potter fans will not want to miss – and Tom Felton, our very own Draco Malfoy, will be making an extra-special appearance.
You can also expect an emotional montage or two! After all, this fandom now spans over two decades and we know so many of you have so many personal memories connected to the Wizarding World.
As you can see, this 20th anniversary is indeed set to be a big one, with upcoming events such as a Harry Potter Quiz Show also on the way to you soon. And here on WizardingWorld.com, we’ll have digital treats for you every Wednesday that will come in all shapes and forms. Expect guest contributions from Wizarding World friends, new videos, quizzes, puzzles and articles. After all, we all love to stretch out any special occasion as long as possible, right?
Join us over at the 20 Years of Movie Magic hub to get started! And we won’t blame you if you start staring at your fireplace awaiting your Hogwarts letter. You never know.