Happy Birthday, Harry and J.K Rowling!

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Today we celebrate two very special birthdays; Harry James Potter, born in England on July 31, 1980, and the creator of this beloved wizard, J.K Rowling. This gifted writer created a magical world, a wizarding world that changed our culture forever. Following the saga of Harry and his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger, Rowling energized a generation of children to read.

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I am a Harry Potter head for sure. I celebrated my 60th birthday last year at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida. I was also one of the millions who visited Universal upon the inauguration of the “Wizarding World.” I’ve read all of the books 3 times over and love the overarching message of the power of love and friendship in this best-selling series.

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane with our favorite wizards!

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Then and Now

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)

Then and Now

Original Dumbledore

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Albus Dumbledore

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Michael Gambon

“He Who Shall Not Be Named” aka Voldemort

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Ralph Fiennes

Fight for Harry

Severus Snape

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Alan Rickman

 

Friends and Family

Boo, Hiss!

Can You Name these Harry Potter Characters?

List of Harry Potter cast members

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

 

Souls of 2014

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It’s hard for me to believe we’re at the end of another year. Looking back at 2014 and the artistic souls we’ve lost, I re-live joy, sorrow, wonderment, and childhood. Lost a little of my soul in 2014 but gained a new appreciation for what those souls gave to my life and the lives of others.

This retrospect is a beautiful reminder of the dedication, love and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of a film and the experiences we share sitting in a darkened theater. I love the movies (even built a website to celebrate) and the honesty of great actors.

Thank you so much for sharing your gift.

 

Souls of 2014 shared here at iheartfilmblog.com

Robin Williams

Ruby Dee

Maya Angelou

Lauren Bacall

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