The Hallowe'en Feast at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry occurs on the 31st of October every year. Usually the Hallowe'en Feast is festooned with sweets-filled pumpkins, bats, orange streamers, water snakes and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations. There is usually some entertainment at the end, this may be by the Hogwarts Ghosts who pop out of the walls and do formation gliding. It’s a highly anticipated feast which most Hogwarts students look forward to every year.

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Debuting on the scene with mostly positive critical acclaim, the first installment in the massive Potter film franchise went on to make over $974 million worldwide, and is the 18th highest-grossing film of all-time.

But that’s not why it’s amazing.

As Potterheads, we can remember quite well seeing the Privet Drive sign slide into focus onscreen for the first time and our hands gripping whatever was closest because this was it, it was really happening: Harry’s world was being brought to life. And it was just as magical as we imagined it would be. If you have time, pop the film in for nostalgia’s sake. You can never walk down Diagon Alley or ride the boats across the Black Lake to Hogwarts too many times.

On this spot, on the night of 31 October 1981, Lily and James Potter lost their lives. Their son, Harry, remains the only wizard ever to have survived the Killing Curse. This house, invisible to Muggles, has been left in its ruined state as a monument to the Potters and as a reminder of the violence that tore apart their family.

She had straggly, waist-length, dirty blonde hair, very pale eyebrows and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look. (…) The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer corks, or that she was reading a magazine upsidedown.