And author J.K. Rowling has a very special message for one of those would-be students.
Rowling revealed on Twitter that September 1, 2015 is the day that James Sirius Potter -- the eldest son of Harry and Ginny -- started as a First Year student at Hogwarts. The epilogue to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which took place in 2017, featured James's younger brother, Albus Severus, getting ready to hop on the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station for his first day at the wizarding school, but readers were never told definitively what year James started.
"I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today," Rowling wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Several fans played along, tweeting back at Rowling that they had indeed wished James well. Rowling kept up the ruse by urging well-wishers to be polite but respectful of James's space -- especially if he's making friends on the train, just like his dad did with Ron and Hermione back in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today. #BackToHogwarts— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
Thanks! Say 'hi' back, but only if it won't interrupt any burgeoning friendships. https://t.co/Al54tGHvWK— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
And the fun didn't stop there. Apparently, after James arrived at Hogwarts, he was sorted into Gryffindor -- just like his dad and mom (and Uncle Ron and Aunt Hermione) before him.
Now worried that he'll be irritated by the number of people saying hi. https://t.co/6keaEOsKS0— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
We couldn't be more proud. Happy first day of school, James!
Have just heard that James S Potter has been Sorted (to nobody's surprise) into Gryffindor. Teddy Lupin (Head Boy, Hufflepuff) disappointed.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2015
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