It's Harry Potter's 34th birthday today!
The adventures of a lonely orphan who finds out that he's a wizard on his 11th birthday and his admission (and adventures) at the extraordinary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have kept kids and young adults bewitched since 1997.
One might fear the love of these fans have lost its sheen over the years; Well, Pottermaniacs may have grown up but they still like to visit the world of magic that has always been a mystery to the "muggles".
In fact, on Tumblr, fans have been flooding birthday messages for Potter and his creator JK Rowling, who turned 49 and shares birthday with the boy wizard.
Twitter also saw fans posting birthday messages and reminiscing about the "Harry Potter days".
On this day in 1991, Harry bought his very first wand: "I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter..." pic.twitter.com/yd9lVCB7Tl
— Hogwarts Logic (@HogwartsLogic) July 31, 2014
You know, at times, I forget how much you've grown. At times I still see the small boy from the cupboard. #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter
— beth (@heythereweasley) July 31, 2014
While most of the fan world was busy wishing Potter, some did not forget to wish Neville Longbottom, the shy, clumsy wizard, who shares an exact birthday with Potter.
Happy birthday, Neville! Sometimes the shy, quiet ones grow up and surprise you! pic.twitter.com/oHLb0RT27O
— Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm) July 30, 2014
The Harry Potter books have seen numerous redesigns over the past few years as publishers look to appease new generations of readers who have not read Rowling's seven-part series.
Now, Bloomsbury is giving this bestselling series yet another makeover; not that Potter fans would judge them by their cover, especially as they already know all the lines from the books cover to cover and dialogues from the movies' start to the credit roll.
Each of the seven books charting the adventures of Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, will feature covers designed by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle, The Independent reported.
"I'm hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn't have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It's exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I'm just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world created by J.K. Rowling," Hypable quoted Duddle back in 20 March.
The books also boast an updated author biography and will be reset for a child-friendly reading experience. In a nod to Pottermore, the novels will contain highlights from the website, while eBook editions will also be available on the digital platform.
The new editions will be published on 1 September.