It is hard to believe, but 20 years have passed since the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling, the brain behind the Harry Potter books, took to social media to thank her fans and followers for the success of her world of wizardry. The 51-year-old author even created a hashtag, #HarryPotter20, to mark the milestone. Check out Rowling's reaction to the anniversary here:

What a huge moment! Since there are nearly half a million likes on that tweet, it looks like plenty of people agree. On Twitter, the unique hashtag even pops up with a cool new Twitter emoji of Harry Potter-style round glasses with the protagonist's particular lightning bolt scar above them! J.K. Rowling must feel amazing as an author to know that the ideas she invented continue to inspire imagination in so many people.

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Speaking of which, J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website is also marking the twentieth anniversary by sharing the tweets of fans celebrating the event. So, fans have been sharing their love for the Harry Potter series. For example, one fan thanked Rowling for all of the joy she has given the world through the Harry Potter books; Rowling even responded with a thankful message. Another fan tweeted to Pottermore to say that her fiancé found proposal inspiration from Harry Potter and hid her engagement ring in the book. Another fan expressed gratitude to J.K. Rowling and said the Harry Potter books helped him when he was grieving the death of his partner.

There were many other loving messages, too. Even the new cast of the Cursed Child play got in on the fun and celebrated with J.K. Rowling's unique Twitter hashtag. Here they are holding up copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the different Hogwarts house colors (i.e. Gryffindor red and gold, Hufflepuff yellow and black, Ravenclaw blue and bronze, and Slytherin green and silver). Have a look:

Who would have known back in 1997 all the success J.K. Rowling would have with her magical books? Back then, Rowling received a small advance of £1,500 from her publisher, but a short couple of years later, Rowling had sold the rights to her first two books to Warner Bros.

Fast forward 20 years and J.K. Rowling is now the world's first billionaire author. The seven books in the series have sold a total of more than 400 million copies in 70 different languages. There are eight movies based on the books. J.K. Rowling has also put together the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise series and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.

Plus, J.K. Rowling continues to engage with fans via social media and gives insights into the wildly intelligent and compassionate person behind the pen. Congratulations to Rowling on 20 years of well-earned success.

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