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In the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers are taken to King’s Cross Station one last time to watch Harry’s son Albus Severus board the Hogwarts Express for the first time.
The epilogue happened 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998 — meaning today, 1 September 2017, is that very day.
Today’s the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross for the first time #19yearslater⚡️
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2017
Naturally, fans took to Twitter with the hashtag #19YearsLater (armed with its own Hogwarts Express emoji) to get emotional about the momentous occasion.
— Holly (@HollyHollybumps) September 1, 2017
— ellie (@hugvvarts) August 31, 2017
Albus Severus is probably waking up shortly to get ready for his first trip on the Hogwarts Express. 😭 #19yearslater
— Anna Brisbin ⚡️ (@BrizzyVoices) September 1, 2017
Though most used the hashtag for sincerity, others took the time to poke fun at the much-memed epilogue.
In the chapter, Harry tells Albus that he was named after “two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew”. But fans — who have trouble calling Snape a brave man after he bullied children for seven books — have been renaming Albus after characters they deem braver ever since.
i hope harry potter’s youngest son rubeus remus potter has a fun time on the train today #19YearsLater
— jessputation (@jesshakeitoff) September 1, 2017
i cant believe today is the day harry james potter called severus fucking snape the bravest man he ever knew #19yearslater
— ً (@handsforguns) September 1, 2017
Happy Epilogue day — now excuse me as I prepare for that 20-hour-long marathon.