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This guy live-tweeted his first viewing of the Harry Potter films and it’s GOLD

June 26 this year will mark 21 years since JK Rowling’s debut novel, a little-known book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, first hit the shelves.

Can you believe it? In around six weeks, that book will be old enough to order a beer in all 50 US states!

However, while Harry Potter is basically part of the furniture for most of us – whether in book, film, online, on Broadway, or in that series of erotic fan-fiction I composed starring Professor Snape and a hippogriff – there are some people out there who still haven’t got on board with all the literary magic his wizarding world has to offer.

I know – Muggles, right?

But while most non-Potter fans have realised it’s safest to just keep their head down and pretend they know what a ‘Dumbledore’ is, one particularly brave (stupid?) Twitter user who goes by Chef Shwasty decided to make a confession:

But, having got this vile sin off his chest, he did what any decent sinner does and decided to atone:

What has followed is literally hundreds – possibly thousands – of tweets, as Chef Shwasty spent his time in bed with the flu absolutely dedicated to his self-created hashtag #HarryPotterLiveTweet.

In fact, it got so popular that when he was well enough to return to work, he put up a poll, asking his followers when he should next take time to live tweet the next film.

At time of publication, the Chef is only up to Part 5 of the eight-film (if technically seven-part) saga, so there’s still three more threads worth of magic to come.

In the meantime, what’s already there is equal parts hilarious and sweet.

For those who finished reading the books all the way back in July 2007, there hasn’t really been a lot to be shocked about in the Harry Potter canon over the last 11 years (aside from the delightful little surprise that the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie was really good – didn’t see that coming).

Following along, even on Twitter, as someone gets all the twists and turns for the first time in their life is a surprisingly thrilling ride. Click the first tweet for each movie to read the full thread (sorry, we couldn’t find the thread for the first movie)!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

About the author

Joe was Junior Vice-President at Compu-Global-Hyper-Mega-Net until it was bought out by Bill Gates. He now subedits for Conversant Media and considers it a step up.

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