Harry Potter nostalgia abounds today, on the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bookshops across the country are celebrating.
Twitter is adding glasses and a lightning emoji to the busy hashtag #HarryPotter20, and Pottermore is giving fans a chance to see their tweets discovered on a celebratory screen at King’s Cross. Meanwhile, magical things happen when you type “Harry Potter” or any of the Hogwarts House names into your status on Facebook.
Book Riot has a post on lessons Harry Potter taught us, a round up of tattoos of fans of the series, a look back at the days when we had to wait a year between books, a list of the four best Harry Potter podcasts, and a confession by a teacher who admits to playing favourites when it comes to Harry Potter fans.
The agent who discovered J K Rowling explains why her books are so magical, Stylist rounds up some of her best Twitter moments, and the Bookseller unearths possibly the first ever interview of the author.
A survey has Brits sorting celebrities into their Hogwarts houses.
And to probably no-one’s surprise, it turns out that Hermione Granger is Potterheads’ favourite character… while Lucius Malfoy is outperformed by “other”.
The Guardian tests your Potterish knowledge with a quiz.
Even Piers Morgan has got in on the anniversary action, dressing up in Harry Potter glasses to discuss the bookish phenomenon on Good Morning Britain with, among others, Simon from Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop, with whom he had recently had a Rowling-related Twitter spat.
Bloomsbury, the UK publisher of the Harry Potter series, made this video to celebrate:
Hard to find any news that isn’t Harry Potter themed today, but believe it or not, there is some.
Lit Hub asks if Jane Eyre was actually written as a secret love letter. The writer of the piece, John Pfordresher, has a book out on the subject, and there’s a giveaway on the site where acopy can be won.
Time Out has a list of eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it.
YA author Katherine Webber had a great time at Glastonbury, and shared some of her moments on Twitter.
Emma Butcher considers Bramwell Bronte, the often overlooked family member.
Travel company Opodo has the results of their survey on summer reading.
Lit Hub’s look at women-only literary spaces kicks off with a look at the UK.
Naomi Klein, author of the Baileys-prize-winning The Power, talks politics saying people are reading to vote for something, not just against something — which may help explain Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity.
Is ikigai the new hygge?
The Guardian reviews former “Tory Wet” Chris Patten’s memoir.
The latest Books and Authors podcast discusses Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press and Ruth Ware’s new novel, The Lying Game.
This week’s Backlisted features Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent, who talks Father And Son by Edmund Gosse.
Bidding is still open on the auction to benefit the survivors of Grenfell Tower — goodies available include signed books, lunches with authors, and feedback on manuscripts from countless agents and manuscripts. Sara Barnard, whose new book Goodbye, Perfect will be out in February 2018 has encouraged budding writers to bid, sharing her story of how a similar event set her on a path to publication with the bestselling YA novel Beautiful Broken Things.