Facebook has a magical Harry Potter easter egg to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary

The news that the Harry Potter series is twenty years old has left me saddened in the way only Dobby’s untimely death could. Has it really been that long? Apparently so.

To celebrate, Facebook has added a bit of magic to the Facebook site and mobile applications. Statuses that contain the phrase ‘Harry Potter, ‘Gryffindor,’ ‘Ravenclaw,’ ‘Hufflepuff,’ or ‘Slytherin’ will display a cool animation of a wand casting a spell when tapped.

In many respects, finding out what house your friends have an affinity for is probably more telling than finding out who they voted for. While I’ve got plenty of Trump-supporting friends, I just don’t think I could have a Slytherin on my Facebook….

Both Harry Potter and Gryffindor present in the usual regal red, while Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff are highlighted in their house colors. Unfortunately, it doesn’t extend to other notable characters from the Harry Potter series, like Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.