It’s September 1st, and many kids are getting ready to go back to school. It’s an emotional time, especially if your child is going somewhere new (my own baby starts NYU tomorrow!). But it’s not just the Muggles who are readying to hit the books; the young wizards of the Harry Potter universe will arrive today at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross to embark on their journey to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the start of the new school year.
This year is particularly notable as it marks the day that James Sirius Potter, the eldest child of Harry Potter and wife Ginny Weasley Potter, begins his first year at Hogwarts, according to author J.K. Rowling, who posted her best wishes to young James today via Twitter.
I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today. #BackToHogwarts
Rowling’s seventh and final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, contains an Epilogue which takes places 19 years later. In it, we see Harry and Ginny married with three children, two of whom — their sons James Sirius and Albus Severus — are off to Hogwarts. In this scene, which is also shown in Part 2 of the film adaptation, James is already a student at the school, and it’s 11-year-old Albus’s first time boarding the Hogwarts Express to attend the magical boarding school. But that doesn’t occur til 2017, while this year is the actual start for James.
Here’s a screen shot from Deathly Hallows — Part 2 of the Epilogue scene — Albus is on the left; James on the right:
Best of luck to young James and all the wizards, witches, and muggles in school this year!