All magic lovers, brace yourselves! Harry Potter’s books just turned twenty and it seems like yesterday when you first entered the world of magic. Whether you spend your days (and nights) reading scenes over and over, or you eagerly waited for the new Harry Potter movie to come out in cinemas, you probably celebrated the special day on Monday, June 26. Written by the British author J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter book had its first release under the title of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on June 26, 1997. But, Facebook also had a great way to surprise Harry Potter’s fans, and Facebook users were more than delighted.
I know you still can’t believe it’s been 20 years, but, let’s face it, you are getting old, and that’s not the purpose of this article. Facebook has paid homage with a very cool little feature.
The social network has rolled out a so-called Easter egg. No, Easter isn’t the theme, but these were little fairly pointless and hidden features that showed up on Facebook on Monday.
To activate this particular hidden treat , all you had to do was comment or post the name of one of the four Hogwarts houses and your screen was immediately graced with a little touch of magic. And that was not all! You could also tap or click on the words to make it appear again. The effect works in both the desktop version of Facebook, and the apps.
Apart from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, users also typed the name Harry Potter to activate the Easter egg.
Speaking to Blue Peter’s Konnie Huq in 1997 about what it was like to see her first book in the shops, J.K. Rowling – known then as Joanne – said: “That was the best moment of all.
“Better than anything that has come since, was me seeing it – and it was a real book in a proper, real bookshop and it was wonderful.”
Harry Potter was not always so popular, which is quite difficult to imagine. In fact, 12 publisher returned the book before its publication.
J. K. Rowling recalls those times and informs the media: “One publisher had kept it for six months, which obviously gave me a lot of hope, and then they said no. Then [my agent] phoned me up and said, ‘Well, Bloomsbury want it’ – very casual! Not realising he’s giving me the gift of my life. And there was this long pause, and I just said: ‘So… you’re saying I am going to be published?’ I was beside myself.”