Rowling’s popular books, which were later adapted into an equally successful film series, were released two decades ago today, and officials at Anfield were quick to commemorate the event with a specially-designed web page and tweet to the author.
“Absolutely incredible. An entire 20 years since your incredible Harry Potter series hit the shelves. Rarely has the world experienced such a cultural earthquake, apart from our stunning comeback in the 2005 Champions League final in the Turkish capital,” read a statement on the club’s website this afternoon, which added that all members of the Liverpool family viewed the story of the young wizard as a sort of metaphor for the Reds’ against the odds defeat of AC Milan.
“It was always so inspiring to see young Harry and his band of loyal friends remain strong despite every setback they faced from the likes of Voldemort, the Dementors and the dark forces in general. We’re certain that Istanbul was a source of inspiration for you whilst writing the later books, and perhaps, even the first. Undoubtedly our favourite part of this amazing story was when Steven Gerrard headed past Dida to set us on the road to history, and we’re sure you agree.”
The statement went on to say that while more Harry Potter books are unlikely, the entire Liverpool family is confident Rowling’s next story will be just as exciting as the club’s most recent European Cup victory.