Reason behind #BacktoHogwarts will make you feel old

2 Sep 2015

Much to the confusion of many (or me, anyway) the #BacktoHogwarts was top of the worldwide Twitter trends yesterday.

The reason #BacktoHogwarts was trending? Because yesterday – 1 September 2015 – would have been the day that James Sirius Potter – Harry Potter’s eldest son – started at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Yes, you really are that old.

As every Harry Potter fan knows, the train to Hogwarts leaves from Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station every 1 September at 11am sharp.

The book’s epilogue is set on 1 September 2017, when Harry and Ginny’s second son, Albus Severus Potter, starts school – James is already as school at that point, meaning he started in 2015.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling herself kicked off the pandemonium with the following tweet:



And she even responded to some fans who claimed to have spotted James throughout the day.    


The revelation about James prompted some Twitter users to ask the big question that’s crossed every Harry Potter fan’s mind at some point:




While others used it as an excuse to have a giggle:  


While it just made some people (including this journalist) feel pretty old.


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Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.