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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

39 years ago today, Prongs the Younger, AKA the Prince of Chaos, AKA the Unkillable Kid from Godric’s Hollow, AKA Harry James Potter was born. That’s 39* WHOLE YEARS of magical hijinks, unrepentant sass, truly relatable awkwardness, and relentless rule-breaking which we can safely assume he continued to do long after he served his last detention at Hogwarts. To celebrate the fact that Harry is now officially old enough to be a hot dad, here are 39 of our greatest Harry “Horcrux #7” Potter posts.

*There’s some debate online about old how the Chosen One actually is, but Pottermore says that he was born in 1980, so we’re going to stick with 39 unless J.K. Rowling, brilliant genius goddess and the undisputed and unparalleled authority on all things Harry Potter, says different. DON’T @ US.  

1. Every Harry Potter Character, Summed Up in a Single Sentence 

2. The 15 Most Iconic Lines in All of Harry Potter

3. If Our Favorite Harry Potter Characters Had YouTube Channels

4. 7 Harry Potter Covers Reimagined by Our Favorite Illustrators 

5. You’ve Been Waiting Your Whole Life for This Slideshow: It’s… TEXTS FROM INSIDE HOGWARTS

6. The Sorting Test

7. Harry Potter Characters That Would Have Made Way Better Couples 

8. The Harry Potter Books, Summed Up in Pie Charts 

9. If Hogwarts Had 

10. These Moving Portraits of Harry Potter Characters Are Magical AF 

11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, As Told in a Series of Texts (and don’t forget Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As Told in a Series of TextsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, As Told in a Series of Texts, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, As Told in a Series of Texts)

12. Instagram Dispatches from Hogwarts 

13. 8 Decades of Harry Potter Style 

14. Snapchats from Hogwarts

15. These Harry Potter Illos Are So Good We Can’t Stand It 

16. 50 Rejected Nicknames for Harry Potter

17. If Harry Potter Had Google 

18. Never-Before-Seen Pix of the Marauders at Hogwarts 

19. If Hogwarts Had the Internet 

20. The Horcrux Test

21. Gryffindor’s Social Media Game Is ON POINT 

22. Underrated Harry Potter Heroines From Every Hogwarts House

23.  Gorgeous Illos of Charlie Weasley, Angelina Johnson, & 8 More of Our Fave Harry Potter Characters 

24. ‘Shipwrecked! Our Fave Failed Harry Potter Couples 

25. The Hogwarts Houses Summed Up in Graphs and Charts 

26. The 12 Best Harry Potter Posts That You’ve Never Seen 

27. The 30 Most Sirius Black Things That Sirius Black Ever Did 

28. Adorable Harry Potter Valentines That Will Totally Bewitch Your Crush 

30. The Logic of Albus Dumbledore

31. How to Flirt, According to Harry Potter

32. The Chillest Parts of Every Hogwarts House

33. 7 of the Most Mind-Boggling Harry Potter Theories

34. Sex Ed at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

35. These Hilarious Venn Diagrams Are a Potterhead’s DREAM 

36. 12 Lingering Questions We Have About the Harry Potter Series 

37. Rejected Anagrams That Came Before “I Am Lord Voldemort”

38. RonNotes: Ron Weasley Explains the Classics 

39. Every Harry Potter Book Summed Up in a Single Sentence 

Leave your bday message to Harry in the comments—just make sure not to flirt with Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Bill Weasley, Angelina Johnson, Lee Jordan, Tonks, Sirius, Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Neville Longbottom,  or any of the other people that we’ve  proposed marriage to (SURELY WE’LL HEAR BACK WITH THEIR GIDDY ACCEPTANCE ANY DAY  NOW).