[Video] Harry Potter Facebook status: How to cast wizarding spells through your social media posts


The social network has added some wizarding easter eggs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.

The first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher’s Stone , turned 20 years old this week and in the last two decades has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 79 different languages.

There are various Potter-style events being held around the UK to celebrate, and even Facebook is getting in on the action.

The social network has added a few wizarding Easter eggs for fans to enjoy.

When typing certain words into your posts in either the Facebook app or website, you’ll see a small wand appear and begin casting some magical animations across your screen.


All you have to do to see them is create a post or a comment and include one of the following words:
  • Harry Potter
  • Slytherin
  • Gryffindor
  • Hufflepuff
  • Ravenclaw

After you’ve published your post or your comment, you’ll see the words become coloured. And you can click on them at any point to see the magical animation again.