1. JK Rowling announced a brand new Harry Potterplay.
2. And shortly after she let us know that it is DEFINITELY NOT A PREQUEL, thank you very much.
3. Months later we learned that it is in fact an honest-to-God Potter sequel about Harry’s son Albus Severus.
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“The eighth story. Nineteen years later.”
4. And when tickets went on sale, Harry Potter fans were as enthusiastic as ever.
5. Eddie Redmayne was cast as adventuring magizoologist Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
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6. And then, eventually, we actually got our first lookat the film.
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7. Also, apparently American wizards say “No-maj” instead of “Muggle.”
8. Jo mastered the use of her Twitter account, reminding the world that even when she’s talking about other things, the Harry Potter queen rules all.
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9. Teddy Lupin was revealed to be a Hufflepuff, finally giving the house the win it’s long deserved.
God bless Jo’s Twitter account.
10. And Tom Felton got sorted into Gryffindor, disappointing Slytherins everywhere.
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11. Turns out Jo is still the proud mother of the cast after all these years. <3
12. The illustrated edition of the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, with gorgeous art by Jim Kaye to compliment the story we all fell in love with all those years ago.
13. Pottermore totally revamped its website, making content much more accessible for people who are terrible at potions games.
14. Rowling used the revamp as a time to reveal some history about the Potter family. For example, did you know that James Potter’s father’s name was Fleamont?
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15. Harry Potter fans continued to be awesome byleaving socks for the encaged Dobby at Warner Bros. Studio.
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DOBBY IS A FREE ELF!
16. And, untethered to canon but indicative that WE WILL NEVER LET THIS SERIES GO: A new Potter Puppet Pals episode came out in 2015.
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THE MAGIC WILL NEVER END!