Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Today (July 31) marks our favorite
fictional wizard's 35th birthday, and even though he's all grown up -- just like us -- we'll always love him just the same as when we were kids.
And you know who else loves Harry? His friends. As you'll recall from reading all seven books (over and over and over again), before his days at Hogwarts, Harry had little to no acknowledgment of his birthday, and even less in the way of presents. Why? Because the Dursleys suck, that's why.
Then, it's all, "yer a wizard, Harry," and poof! Just like magic. Harry's suddenly got a whole #squad of pals, chief among them Ron, Hermione, and lovable Hagrid. And with new friends comes new birthday presents from generous people who care about you. Yes!
Starting with Harry turning eleven in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," we've celebrated many birthdays with him (six, to be exact, with Harry turning seventeen at series' end). Some of his birthday gifts have been envy-inducing (his seventeenth brought in some major swag) while others had us thankful we were muggles (Hagrid's "Monster Book of Monsters"). In honor of our dude's birth, we ranked a few of our very favorite presents ever.
Toy BroomstickWarner Bros.
Harry's first birthday present has got to be number one in our book. Why? It's the most sentimental. Sure, galleons and owls and stuff are pretty cool, but the tyke-sized toy broomstick was Harry's first ever present from his beloved godfather Sirius Black (R.I.P.), as we learned from Lily Evans' letter in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
Hedwig was Harry's faithful owl, gifted to him from Hagrid during Harry's first trip to Diagon Alley in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." She remained devoted to Harry throughout the series, whether she was delivering his mail or offering an affectionate nibble. Again, R.I.P. (Ugh.)
Fabian Prewett's WatchWarner Bros.
As Molly Weasley explained to Harry on his seventeenth birthday, it's tradition for a young man to receive a watch when he comes of age. Of course, it's extra touching that Mrs. Weasley passed a family heirloom -- the watch belonged to her brother, Fabian Prewett -- down to Harry, who would later become her son through marriage.
Pocket SneakoscopeWarner Bros.
Ron's gift of a pocket sneakoscope -- a device that lets its user know when someone around them is being untrustworthy -- predicted the whole "my BFF's pet rat is the dude who betrayed my parents" thing from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (even if no one realized it at the time).
"12 Fail-Safe Ways To Charm Witches"Warner Bros.
For Harry's big 1-7, Ron passed along some sage advice in the form of a wizarding how-to book: "12 Fail-Safe Ways To Charm Witches." Little did Ron know that Harry would use the book to charm... his very own sister, Ginny. Oof.
Broomstick Servicing KitWarner Bros.
Harry was shocked when, for his 13th birthday in "Prisoner of Azkaban," book-loving Hermione gave him a Broomstick Servicing Kit. This super-cool, not-nerdy gift resulted in Harry spending lots of time alone in his bedroom, polishing his beloved broomstick for hours and... Um...
We're totally just talking about broomsticks, here. Promise.