JK Rowling has a special message for Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, and it’s giving us ALL of the feels. While it’s hard to imagine the world without our favorite wizard — basically because we’re still being totally charmed by things like Harry Potter cauldron cakes and blown away by new info like the fact that there are TWO Harry Potters — Rowling is remembering a time when she was alone in the wizarding world we’ve come to know so well.

“Twenty years ago today, a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,” the beloved author tweeted to mark the special day, adding, “It’s been wonderful. Thank you.” Excuse us. We have a little floo dust in our eyes. *sniffle*

Rowling also included the special #HarryPotter20 hashtag which automatically adds an absolutely perfect lightning bolt and glasses emoji to the tweet (er, it shows up on Twitter even if it’s not showing up below, we swear!).

Readers who have welcomed Harry and his friends into their lives since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as its known in the US) were eager to respond to Rowling with grateful sentiments like, “You’ve given joy to so many! Thank you!” and “Thank you for making our imagination a far better place to live,” not to mention, “Harry Potter has gotten me through my parent’s divorce, bullying, depression, sexual assault and PTSD. I have no words to thank you.”

It’s clear that Harry Potter is much more than just a story about a wizard — it’s become a part of people’s lives in a way that we’re sure JK Rowling never expected, but that we’re all incredibly grateful for.

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(h/t EW; photo via John Phillips/Getty)