At the end of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s whimsical, original Wizarding World series (the book is ten years old now, I believe it is safe to present spoilers for its conclusion), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the reader is given a look into what the lives of the book’s heroes are like nineteen years later, as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley are seeing their son, Albus Severus Potter off to Hogwarts for the first time. Likewise, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are seeing their daughter, Rose, off to the school of witchcraft and wizardry.
In the canon of the book, the “nineteen years later” date is September 1, 2017. Never missing an opportunity, Potterheads around the world flocked to King’s Cross Station so they could wish Albus good luck on his first day of school. Fans were able to pose with the famed Platform 9 3/4 and were also able to see, on the electronic display of trains arriving and departing, that the Hogwarts Express would be leaving the station at 11:00 A.M.
Even Rowling got in on the fun, interacting with her fans and making jokes about the occurrence on Twitter. Sadly for fans, though, real world time has extended past the final date ever mentioned in the series.
Fans do not have to be sad for too long because even though the date marks an important milestone for the Harry Potter series, the spin-off franchise is still going strong as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened to a great deal of success last November and J.K. Rowling claims to have plans to write four more sequels to the film in the coming years, bringing the canon of her wizarding world all the way up until 2024 in terms of when fans will potentially next have uncertainty about the future of their beloved stories.