7 Things You Didn't Know About the Harry Potter Book Series
Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Facebook gives Harry Potter fans magical spell-casting abilities to celebrate #HarryPotter20

Twenty years ago, author J.K. Rowling published the first book to become a part of the beloved and magical “Harry Potter” series.

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Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (later renamed “the Sorcerer’s Stone” in America) was released on June 26th, 1997.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary, Facebook added a neat animation to its web and app platforms.

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Any statuses or posts with the words “Harry Potter,” “Gryffindor,” “Slytherin,” “Hufflepuff” or “Ravenclaw” (or with character names such as “Draco Malfoy”) show up in bold and in their respective house colors on Facebook. 

If users tap on any of the key terms, a wand appears out of nowhere and shoots out sparks as if to cast a spell.

Not seeing the feature on your mobile device? Try updating your Facebook app.

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