'Harry Potter' Star Devon Murray Announces Birth of Baby Boy | 22 Words

In a heartwarming Instagram post, Harry Potter star Devon Murray has announced he and his partner have welcomed a baby boy, and the name they've picked is adorable...

For many of us, the Harry Potter books are a cornerstone of our childhood.

The books, the first of which was published in 1997, are some of the most popular children's novels of all time.

There are 7 Harry Potter books in total...

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And writer, JK Rowling, managed to build an incredibly immersive (and oddly believable) fantasy world, wherein magic seemed like it could really exist.

But the books weren't at all where it ended.

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The massively successful series was adapted for the big screen by Warner Brothers. There are now 8 incredible movies in the original Harry Potter canon, the first of which came out in 2001.

The stories revolve around 1 central character, of course.

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The eponymous hero, Harry Potter, is a young wizard who has been orphaned and kept shielded from the world of magic until he receives a mysterious letter.

Until reaching the age of eleven, Harry lived with his aunt and uncle.

They were non-magical folk, known in the books as Muggles, who treated Harry very poorly and even forced him to live in a cupboard under the stairs.

But Harry receives a letter that changes everything.

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He finds out that he's actually a wizard and has been accepted to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to hone his craft.

While there, Harry learns a wide variety of magical spells.

But what makes the Harry Potter universe so immersive is how oddly believable all these magical aspects seem when you're reading (or watching).

As the books and movies go on, they quickly take a very dark turn and introduce Harry's enemy.

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The Dark Lord, named Voldemort, is both an evil wizard and a personification of everything that's wrong with the wizarding society. The overriding story of the books is Harry ultimately taking on this foe.

But, of course, Harry can't do this alone.

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Along his journey through school, he makes 2 best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Both of these pals added strength to Harry in his battle.

Hermione has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the world of magic, and there's essentially no spell that she can't do. But it's Ron who quickly became a true fan favorite, thanks to his unshakeable loyalty and top sense of humor.

The casting of these 3 leads is often pointed to as a big reason behind the franchise's success...

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And those actors were Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.

Many Harry Potter fans feel as though they've grown up with these stars...

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Because they all first appeared in the original movie in 2001, and continued in their roles for a whole decade, until the final film was released in 2011.

This week, however, it seems one of the former cast members has some very exciting baby news...

And fans haven't held back their congratulations.

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Actor Devon Murray took to Instagram to share the news he had welcomed his first child.

The star shared an adorable snap of his son who he shares with partner Shannon McCaffrey Quinn.

Devon played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter flicks. 

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Devon and Shannon announced they were expecting a child back in July, posting a picture of an ultrasound scan, alongside the caption: "Baby Murray – 14th of January 2021," although we now know the little one arrived a little bit early.

During the announcement, Devon revealed the name of his son.

"Yesterday 2/1/21 my life changed forever. Shannon delivered our beautiful little boy Cooper Michael Murray weighing 6lbs 10oz," he wrote on Instagram. How cute!

The star continued by explaining that the last few minutes of labour were "scary."

"Both are doing amazing now after a very long labour and a scary few minutes at the end. It still hasn’t sunk in just yet that we have our very own little boy. "I can’t wait to make the most amazing memories with Shannon and Cooper as we begin our little family. I’m so amazed by Shannon and she is now my Hero. I’m so proud of her for everything she has gone through."

He continued:

"I can’t wait to have you both home. It’s so hard having to leave you both. I will love you both forever until my last breath." Congratulations Devon and Shannon! For more baby news, read on to check out the first adorable snap shared of Nicki Minaj's baby boy...