It's the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and fans all over the world are talking about their favorite boy wizard today. Sharing the moment they first discovered the books, laughing over their favorite and sassiest lines, ruminating over theories, rereading the books, watching the films... while for Potterheads it's pretty much all Harry, all the time, they're never ones to shy away from an excuse to go full force with the celebrations.
But if you were hoping to get out some Harry Potter related tears today, you're in luck. This tribute video posted by Bloomsbury of the 20 most memorable moments from the series, as chosen by fans, is not only absolutely stunning to look at, but incredibly moving. While some moments are classics, like Molly Weasley badass defeat of Bellatrix Lestrange, Fred and George's epic firework-laden escape from Umbridge, and McGonagall's biscuit tin heard 'round the world, others are deeply personal. One reader shares the words that helped her get through her mother's death; another tells of the quote she and her best friend had tattooed on their shoulders to keep them together even when they're a world apart.
For Potter fans, the stories have always been so much more than just what's printed on the page. It's about the characters they have come to love like family, the community they have been a part of for most of their lives, the way that the themes of love, friendship, family, loss and magic J.K. Rowling explored have become a huge part of the way they see the world, the way they see themselves and others. It's that devotion and love that truly comes through in the video below. Just make sure you grab some tissues before you press play. And warn all the friends you share it with to do the same.