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The Boy Who Lived turns 36! Rowling rings in 51st birthday with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Akansha Gupta | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

Author, feminist and queen of the internet, JK Rowling turned 51 on 31 July. She shares her birthday with the world's favourite, bespectacled wizard, who turned 36.

While Potterheads world over celebrate the day with pomp every year, this year is special as it marks the launch of the much-awaited Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book.

The book, touted to be the eighth installment of the cult franchise, is the script of the play which premiered as a two-part play in London this week.

Fans lined up outside bookstores for hours to grab their copy of the new book, while others took to social media to whine about the lack of availability. Here's a look at some of the tweets from Potterheads around the world:

As bookstores around the world prepared to deal with maddening crowds, Rowling celebrated her birthday with a cake in the shape of King's Cross station.

Meanwhile, wishes poured in on Twitter for Rowling, Harry and Neville Longbottom.

Others joined in in the Pottermania, with Snapchat unveiling a new filter for the occasion.

The enticing journey of Potter began in the summer of 1997 when the story of a little wizard touched millions. Harry's journey along with his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, to kill the dark Lord Voldemort (Sshhh, he who-must-not-be-named) was a journey embarked by millions on this planet.

While Pottermania has peaked again with the release of the eighth book, Rowling has announced that the Cursed Child is the last we'll see of Harry and the gang.

Speaking at the Palace Theatre at the official launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she said: "The Boy Who Lived goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done."

While this news is bound to reduce Potterheads into a puddle of incomprehensible emotion, we can all take solace in the fact that no matter where we go, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home".

--Edited by Blassy Boben

First published: 31 July 2016, 5:38 IST