20 years of activating
By: Laura Gallagher

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. And whilst that makes me feel really old... it is something my generation has grown up with and we have been truly activated by it in many, many ways. I could give 1,000 reasons as to why, but here are just four of the ways we’ve been activated by Harry Potter and all of it’s magical world:

It’s educated us.
With over 450 million copies being sold across the series, it’s encouraged a whole new spectrum of people to pick up a book and read.

“Every great Wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?"
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

It’s supported us.
Whether it’s been a bad day, you’re stressed out, upset or even if it’s just cold outside... all you have to do is open up the book to escape into a world where your worries are no longer important (I mean, Voldemort is clearly a bigger issue right now). But it is also full of so many life lessons, wise and pertinent quotes that you can put into practice in the muggle world.

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s united us.
With the books being translated into 69 languages across 200 countries, it’s audience is so diverse, yet we all have this one thing in common. At Rapport, friendships have truly flourished over our common love for the Harry Potter series. And even though we aren’t allowed to officially introduce it into the interview process, the groupies continue to grow. (So if you do fancy joining us at Rapport, never be afraid to show us your HP love)

“We are only as strong as we are united, as we as we are dived”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

And finally
It's made us fall in love, over and over again.
It started off with one little book, but turned into a giant franchise including movies, theatre shows, theme parks, colouring books, exhibitions, toys and even school courses. It really is the gift that keeps giving, and every time there’s a new part of Harry’s world for fans to have part of, they go wild with excitement.

The world that JK Rowling created continues to excite, amaze and bring joy to millions of people across the world. I challenge you to find a more passionate group of fans than those united for the boy who lived.

“After all this time?”
“Always” said Snape."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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