NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Hogwarts Wizard School Sorting hats rest on a display of already released books from the Potter series at the Scholastic store June 17, 2003 in New York, NY. Author J.K. Rowling's highly anticipated latest edition of the Potter series "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" will be released globally at midnight on June 21. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary

It is hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since the “The Boy Who Lived” first hit our bookshelves.

The first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,”which is  known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S., was published June 26, 1997.

The anniversary is not going unnoticed.

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Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to mark the occasion, Mashable reported.

Twitter is also offering a new Harry emoji to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, anyone on Facebook, who types Harry Potter, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin into a post will get a surprise. The names will highlight and the poster will see an animation of a spell-casting wand overlaying the Facebook page,

the Telegraph reported.

Finally, the Telegraph reported that Android phone users who use voice control and say spells from the book series, like “lumos,” “nox,” or silencio,” will control Google Assistant turning on the light or putting the device into silent mode.

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