There’s no spell for turning back the clock — the Harry Potter book series is turning 20 today. To help distract us all from feeling super old, Facebook and Twitter are distracting us with fun emoji and text colors! It’s a public service in more ways than one.
Facebook is leading the way by changing up text colors when you type in one of the houses using the mobile app. You know Slytherin is green and Gryffindor is red, but in case you weren’t clear on the spirit colors of the other two, it’s blue for Ravenclaw and yellow for Hufflepuff. Same goes for any characters — type them in, and they’ll change into the colors of their houses. Anyone reading can click on one of those house names or characters to get a little magical burst.
But, it looks like there’s muggles in our midst! The colors aren’t showing up for a lot of people on Facebook today, me and a few friends included — on both desktop and mobile. I guess we can’t all get invited to Hogwarts.
Twitter is a little more egalitarian with their Harry Potter tribute, even if it’s more modest. Lately, Twitter has added bonus emoji to certain hashtags — they added a little Xbox controller to the #XboxE3 hashtag during E3 a few weeks ago. For #HarryPotter20, they’re adding a pair of Harry Potter glasses below a red scar. Awesome, but the wider implications are even more thrilling — we live in a world with special edition emoji!
It’s all to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the book that started it all. Six books, eight movies, a stage play, and now a new series of movies have secured Harry’s place in the all-time pop culture pantheon — enjoy today, but we’re going to be celebrating Harry Potter anniversaries for many, many years to come.