Stop everything, because JK Rowling has actually made a mistake and we’re not quite sure how to deal with it.
Rowling made the candid confession this morning (September 1), after totally confusing her Harry Potter world dates, in a tweet which has now been deleted – proving that she’s really just a Muggle like us, after all.
Taking to Twitter in the early hours, the author wished Harry and Ginny’s son (and Cursed Child star) Albus Severus Potter a happy first day at Hogwarts, which reopens its magical doors for a new school year today.
But it seems that she may have got a little muddled, because 2016 isn’t actually ’19 years later’, ie when Albus first steps onto Platform 9¾ in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Seeing as the Battle of Hogwarts actually took place on May 2, 1998 in Potter canon, this means that Albus would actually start the school of witchcraft and wizardry in 2017.
Meaning today is actually only ’18 years later’. Whoops.
Realising the error of her ways, Rowling took to Twitter to apologise to fans.
“I got the year wrong: blame #CursedChild! In my head it’s already 19 years later! #BackToHogwarts.”
So – naturally – all is forgiven. But next time, JK, we might have to set Umbridge on you.