In the name of Merlin – it’s party time!

Happy Birthday to you!
You live in a zoo!
You look like a muggle,
And you smell like one too!

Gulping Gargoyles!  My Remembrall is glowing red and I just figured out why:   It’s that time of year once again – the day that millions of people worldwide will celebrate by lifting their glasses of Butterbeer:  J.K. Rowling’s birthday!

It’s no wonder that Rowling will receive more birthday cards in one day than I ever will in my whole life – She created Harry Potter.  Without him, the world would be a sad and lonely place devoid of lightning scars, Quidditch matches, and all those hopeful tweens dreaming that their Hogwarts invitation still might arrive via owl.   However, as aspiring writer’s, I think we can all agree that her story is a bit of an inspiration for all of us.

From having just a few Knuts rattling around in her pocket to having millions of Galleons stashed away in her Gringotts’ vault, Rowling’s life is its very own “Rags to Riches” fairytale.  But hold your hippogriffs! Her success didn’t happen overnight.  Rowling’s manuscript for the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) was rejected by twelve publishing houses before finally being picked up by a small publishing house called Bloomsbury.  She was even told to find a job because her book wouldn’t make enough money to live off.   Further proof that becoming a best selling, successfully published author takes time, patience and perseverance.

Don’t forget, J.K. Rowling isn’t the only one celebrating her birthday today.   As the creator of Harry Potter, she decided to give him the same birthday as herself (making me assume she also has trouble remembering important dates). So happy birthday Harry! We wish you all the best and hope, for your sake,  that there’s a birthday cake flavored bean in Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

Harry makes a Patronus

Harry makes a birthday Patronus

Now grab some floo powder or your nearest portkey and come on down to Diagon Alley to celebrate with us!  Or, if you’re stuck at work behind a desk at the Ministry of Magic, just click the link below to join the party! (I encourage you to watch the video more than once as it gains added hilarity over time.)

Potter Puppet Pals: Happy Hogwarts Birthday!

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