J.K. Rowling celebrated her birthday Sunday with a cake shaped like King’s Cross, the station in the beloved Harry Potter book series where trains depart to take those in the wizarding world to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The author, who turned 51, shared with fans some of the gifts she was surprised with for her birthday, including a mug with an owl and an expletive on it from her son and a large King’s Cross cake. The King’s Cross train station is home to the secretive platform nine and three-quarters.
Actress Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione in the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, gave Rowling a birthday hug and wished her a happy birthday on Twitter. “Birthday Blessings, Queen,” she wrote.
Also on Sunday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the so-called eighth story in the series, was released.