July 31st was a big day for Harry Potter fans, as the rehearsal script for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently on in the West End, was finally released. It was also a big day for Potter author J.K. Rowling, and not just because of the book release – it was her 51st birthday.
To celebrate, she was presented with a birthday cake in the shape of King’s Cross Station in London – the location of both the fictional Platform 9¾ and its real-life counterpart – which she then tweeted about, because you would, wouldn’t you?
King’s Cross Station is much more significant for fans of J.K. Rowling than you might know. Her parents first met on a train at the station way back in 1964, while the idea for the Harry Potter series first came to her in 1990 as she was on a train. With connections like that, is it any wonder she chose to make it such a pivotal location within the Potterverse?
See the original tweet below.
I got a cake in the shape of King's Cross at midnight 😊 pic.twitter.com/46KR0T5vN1
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2016