Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and JK Rowling

I wouldn’t have known that July 31 is the birthday for Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling if I hadn’t watched the ABC special “J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life” that aired on July 16, just days after the movie opening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

That Rowling chose her birthday as Harry’s birthday is one of the many connections between Rowling and Harry. But that’s a blog for another day.

As I realized that yesterday was their shared birthday, I wondered what coverage the birthday had received.

I first check The Leaky Cauldron, a site created by Harry Potter fans. I became aware of the site when I was introduced to the PotterCasts, podcasts from The Leaky Cauldron. I was relieved to see that even technology folks at

The Leaky Cauldron’s birthday wish to J.K. Rowling is a day late due to computer problems. They blame the problem on “Nargles that got into the system.”

For you Harry Potter fans, who introduced the term “Nargles”?

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