19 Years Later: Harry Potter Sends his Children to School Today

Harry Potter's second son Albus today has his first day of school. Of course, it is reason enough for real Potter fans to look for him at London's King's Cross station.

The story of the world's most famous sorcerer actually ended in 1998. Harry Potter and his friends defeated the evil Lord Voldemort. JK Rowling gives an outlook on what the well-known characters of the series have become. It is in the epilog "19 years later" of the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

On September 1, 2017, new students meet on track 9 3/4. They are in London's King's Cross station to drive to the Hogwarts spell school. Among them were Albus Severus Potter, Harry Potter's second son. He shared the ride with his two-year-old brother James Sirius and his cousin Rose Weasley. Of course, real Potter fans have not forgotten this date, and if so, JK Rowling has reminded today via Twitter.

The Harry Potter series is the most popular youth book series of all time. The seven books came out between 1997 and 2007 in 80 languages and sold more than 450 million copies. The cinema adaptation (2001-2011) with Daniel Radcliffe earned seven billion euros.

For 20 years now, the sorcerer Harry Potter accompanies us in Joanne K. Rowling's books. Between 2001 and 2011 followed the films. Everywhere in the world, there was the Harry Potter outfit to buy. It included round glasses, broom and magic wand. But the fan articles are not everything.

Since 2012 there is the "Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter". Here many of the original props and sets of the films are there. In the immediate vicinity of the film studios, visitors can explore two studios. A studio ground is full of animatronic creatures and special effects.

Besides the Hogwarts Hall of Fame, Harry Potter fans can also visit the Hogwarts Express. They can go to Diagon Alley and the Dumbledore office during the London studio tour. The latest attraction is the Forbidden Forest. Here all sorts of mysterious creatures are waiting in the dark corners.

In Orlando/Florida, the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" opened in 2010. At Universal Amusement Park there is the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle. The resort promises an hour-long experience on the "magical seat" by Hogwarts. This is only true. The actual journey takes only four minutes.

In 2014, the Diagon Alley opened at the other end of the Universal Park. No problem, because the Hogwarts Express drives the visitors back and forth. And then you stroll through the shopping paradise. For magicians is the magic bank Gringotts (above with dragon). In the shops for magic supplies, you get a broom already for 220 euros, a Gryffindor staple costs about 30 euros.

Since the first Potter volume, it is clear that the Bertie Botts Beans can taste quite disgusting. For example, after earthworm, earwax, rotten eggs, vomit. Also after soap or sausage. Happiness has the one who caught the melon, cotton candy or cherry.

On the London train station, there is this "secret" access to the magical track 9 3/4. There the Hogwarts Express waits for the magicians. Whoever wants to go through this wall must believe that he can make it and push his car into the wall with Schmackes. A tourist attraction - but "muggles" (non-wizards) do not come very far, as you can see.

This bridge is genuine and stands as a landmark. It is a Potter pilgrimage site in the Scottish West Highlands. The Glenfinnan viaduct exists since the end of the 19th century and is part of the West Highland Line. The train on the picture is not the Hogwarts Express, but the museum train "The Jacobite".

The Pottermore website is the digital heart of the magic world. Here everything is there from fan interaction, online shop and the e-books. It is the only place where one can buy the books in digital form, past Amazon and Co. and even from Joanne K. Rowling's own publishing house.