The 'Harry Potter' author reminded us that it was James Potter's first day at wizarding school.
Rowling introduced readers to Potter Jr. in the epilogue of the final book of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, a brief section set 19 years after the events of the book in which Harry and Ginny are a couple with three children, the eldest of which is James Sirius Potter – named in honour of Harry’s own father James and godfather Sirius Black.
J.K. Rowling tweeted that Sep 1st, 2015 is James Potter's first day at Hogwarts
According to the timeline of the novels and when they were released, this meant that today (September 1st) would be the first day of the new Hogwarts term and all the 11 year old British wizards would be heading to platform 9-and-three-quarters at King’s Cross station.
Rowling tweeted to her 5.3 million followers this morning: “I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today.” Cue a deluge of responses from fans. The hashtag #BackToHogwarts ended up being one of the world’s top Twitter trends, as fans also celebrated the 24th anniversary of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s first meeting.
I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today. #BackToHogwarts— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
The young Potter must have felt pretty overwhelmed this morning as he walked through the station, with fans flocking to pass on their well wishes! 50 year old Rowling joined in with the make-believe acknowledgments, writing: “Thanks! Say 'hi' back, but only if it won't interrupt any burgeoning friendships.” About an hour after her initial tweet, she followed it up with: “Now worried that he'll be irritated by the number of people saying hi.”
Other fans were quizzing Rowling about whether the young Potter will be sorted into Gryffindor house like his dad, and others still were attempting to read the tweets as a cryptic clue that another book would be on the way. Dream on, guys.