International Harry Potter Day is a beloved celebration amongst Potterheads worldwide, bringing joy and merriment on May 2. This special day was officially designated as an international holiday by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of the outstanding literary achievements of J.K. Rowling. Despite more than a decade has passed since the final book in the series was released, the passion and enthusiasm surrounding the magical world of Harry Potter and its unforgettable characters remain as strong as ever.
Why May 2, you ask? This date holds significant historical importance as it marks the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the final and most intense conflict of the Second Wizarding War. Taking place within the walls of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this pivotal moment saw the Order of the Phoenix emerge victorious over the dark forces of Lord Voldemort, bringing an end to the war and ushering in an era of peace. However, the battle resulted in numerous casualties, forever commemorated on this solemn but inspiring day.
We also celebrated Harry Potter Day in our company! We have two Potterheads on the team 😊
Solana Petrecca, Talent Acquisition Specialist:
“When I was a kid, everyone loved Harry Potter. I went to the movie theater to watch the whole series with my mom and little brother throughout the years, but it wasn’t until later in life that I started grasping the whole story. When I moved to the United States, my host family was a Potterhead and kept talking about the different houses, guessing which one was mine. They always encouraged me to read the books as they loved them when they were kids… at the end, I ate up the first three books in less than a week. From then on, I became fascinated with the Wizarding World. Go Ravenclaw!🦅💙”
Yomna Elkhiamy, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist:
“I was 12 when I went to the Cinema for the first time on my own and the movie was “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. I remember being so fascinated with every detail and I didn’t want the movie to end since then Harry Potter is part of most of my childhood (and adulthood) memories. I watched all the movies on the first day they showed at the cinema and bought all the CDs and even downloaded them on my computer just in case. I also read all the books in both Arabic and English versions of Gazillions times and got so attached to the point of crying so hard when Dumboldor died and was so happy and nostalgic when I watched the reunion. I even went to England specifically to visit the HP Studios and got the elder wand. Whenever I felt sad or bored or just wanted to escape the world, I grab any book of them and instantly I travel to the fascinating and magical world of Harry Potter.”