Today marks the birthday of our favorite literary hero and his creator; Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! Happy Birthday to two of the most important people of my childhood, and I’m sure many of yours as well. Jo is celebrating her 47th birthday while Harry turns the ripe age of 32.
Harry has led a pretty normal life since his defeat of the Dark Lord in 1998. He married Ginny Weasley and had 3 children: Albus Severus, James Sirius and Lily Luna. He currently works as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic.
J.K. Rowling, on the other hand, has had many changes in her life since she wrote the first Potter book. She has become a household name and an author loved by millions of children. Jo has a wonderful husband and three children of her own. She also has a new book, The Casual Vacancy, releasing in September.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO AND HARRY!!!!
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In an interview with The New York Post, Severus Snape actor Alan Rickman talked about the Harry Potter series, playing the role of Snape, theatre and more. The parts where he discussed Harry Potter may be read below:
Did [Harry Potter author] J.K. Rowling know ahead of time what would happen with your character, Snape?
Yeah, she knew everything. It’s fair to say that she put the ending into a safe. She knew how it would finish.
Did she tip you off?
Before I said I would do [the first film] I said I had to talk to her. We spoke the next day, and she gave me a very small piece of information … that let me know there was more to him than met the eye.
Can you share that with us?
No. I promised her I never would.
Having played the character all those years, did you have emotional or cathartic moments toward the end?
With the last film, it was very cathartic, because you were finally able to see who he was. It was strange, in a way, to play stuff that was so emotional … but satisfying on all sorts of levels. You know, Ray [Fiennes, who played Voldemort] and I had a scene where you just thought, well, finally it’s just a couple of actors talking to each other, with no special effects.
On holding a wand.
Holding a wand is not the most threatening thing. And pointing it at Dame Maggie Smith, who you’ve grown up worshipping from the cheap seats at the National Theatre, and she’s pointing it at you … and she can arch an eyebrow like nobody. Thank god for the sheets of flame.
Did he ever consider not acting in all eight of the movies?
No, I wasn’t going to let anyone else finish him.
Today is also Snape’s birthday, so Happy Birthday to our favorite Potions Master!
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Everyone’s favorite Slytherin, Tom Felton, turns 24 years old today! Whether you became a fan when he was in The Borrowers, Anna and the King, Philosophers Stone or were a latecomer to his awesomeness, I’m sure we all want to wish him the happiest of birthdays!
We wish Tom the best of luck with his future acting career, which I am sure will be very long and full of amazing movies.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!
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Since it is now August 24th in the UK it is time to wish our favorite red head, Rupert Grint, a VERY happy 22nd birthday! We wish Rupert a very happy birthday and hope that this coming year he will be even more of a success. This should be no problem seeing as he has a bunch of new film projects as well as the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I premiere in November.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUPERT!!!
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Today, July 31st, is a big day for those of us in the Potter world! We get to celebrate the birthdays of two amazing people. JK Rowling, and her wonderful creation, Harry Potter! I know I would be a totally different person if it was not for Harry Potter, so I thank JK Rowling for helping me find my true passion in life (graphic and web design).
JK Rowling is celebrating her 45th birthday today and Harry celebrates his 30th.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY AND JO!!!!
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Today, July 23rd, Daniel Radcliffe is celebrating his 21st birthday. Daniel, as we all know, plays Harry Potter in the best series ever!
We wish Dan a very happy birthday and can’t wait to see him evolve as an actor!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL RADCLIFFE!
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