From bright young things to bona fide adults, we've watched the Potter clan grow up for better or worse. And now, nine years after the seventh book in the Harry Potter series was released, fans were given a reason to get excited all over again.
The series author, JK Rowling, just released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, picking up years down the track as 37-year-old Harry juggles raising his three children with a tiresome job at the Ministry of Magic.
Cues outside bookstores this morning ran around the block; many stores have even confirmed they have sold out of all copies of the novel.
With the release of Cursed Child, Rowling-- who turned 51 this week-- confirmed the franchise is now well and truly over.
"I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now," she told Reuters.
From beginning the series on a delayed train J. K truly did rise from rags to riches to become one of the most influential women in the publishing world.
The British novelist stepped into the spotlight with her very first book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and followed it up with a seven-part series that sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.
To mark J. K's birthday-- and the final installment of her treasured series-- let's take a look through Dumbledore's Pensieve and see how her beloved Harry Potter characters changed through the ages.
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