Facebook, Twitter Let Users Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter

The first book in the Harry Potter series was published 20 years ago today

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, Facebook and Twitter are letting users share their love of the franchise in special ways.

First, as reported by The Next Web‘s Matthew Hughes, Facebook status updates containing the words “Harry Potter,” “Gryffindor,” “Slytherin,” “Hufflepuff” or “Ravenclaw” will now present these words in different colors. When the words are tapped or clicked on, Facebook will show an animation of a spell being cast by a magic wand.

The colorful words and animations will appear in Facebook’s mobile applications and desktop website. Users can also add these words to Facebook comments to see the same result.

In an email to Social Pro Daily, a Facebook spokesperson commented on the feature:

Great books help connect people with one another, which is why Facebook is excited to partner with Bloomsbury and Pottermore to give people a surprising and fun special feature when posting or commenting about Harry Potter. The features, marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. and Commonwealth territories, will be available globally from June 26 through July 3.

Elsewhere, Twitter users can share a Harry Potter-themed emoji by including the hashtag #HarryPotter20 in their tweets. The emoji will automatically appear at the end of the hashtag.

Featured image courtesy of the Pottermore Facebook page.