On June 26, 1997, the world was introduced to a boy living under the staircase at 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging.
Whether you’re an avid Harry Potter fan or not, there is no doubt that its popularity has caused the whole world to be familiarized with “the boy who lived,” the game of Quidditch, butterbeer drinks, and the four famous houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.
And now, with the selection of Harry Potter as the 2018 Homecoming Theme, Greenhill has transformed itself into the world of Hogwarts.
Since the debut of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by British writer J.K. Rowling has attracted a global audience of adults and young readers. This seven-book series is often referred to as a cornerstone of modern young adult literature. Warner Bros Pictures has adapted the stories to an eight-part film series, transforming the ideas that were once imaginations into scenes of magic and adventure before your eyes.
The three main characters of the series—Harry, Hermione, and Ron—have captivated audiences around the world since 1997. Through their antics, they have introduced readers to a world of magic many have never dreamed of before. The books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling series in publishing history, and they have been translated into 80 languages. The film series is the third highest-grossing film series of all time.
Although the seventh and final book in the original series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released more than 10 years ago, Harry Potter’s popularity has not decreased. The success of the books and films expanded the Harry Potter franchise, resulting in many derivative works. This includes spin-off films such as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (released in November 2016), and A Cursed Child, a two-part play by Jack Thorne that premiered July 30, 2016. Additionally, “The Crimes of Grindelwald”, a sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, is being released on Nov. 16.
Recently, themed attractions based off the Harry Potter series have been built at amusement parks around the world. There is a full Harry Potter World at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando.
Now, the popularity of Harry Potter has reached Greenhill, and everyone will have the chance to channel their inner magic with the new homecoming theme. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has come to life in the Upper School, with decorations and dress-up days.
Greenhill (or shall we say Hogwarts) students: Expelliarmus!
Story by Sarah Luan and Shreya Saxena
Photos by Shreya Saxena
Graphics by Sarah Luan