“Mysterious thing, time” – when Dumbledore said this, we still do not know if it is true today. 20 years after the first Harry Potter movie, the team is ready to meet again under the name Reunion Special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Back to Hogwarts. For children who grew up in the 90s, we can see actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint coming together on screen a decade later. Books and movies were part of our childhood and still hold a special place in our hearts.
My first recollection of Harry Potter was when we (siblings and cousins) bought a book and read it one by one. Because there is a long waiting list, we have our nose in the books all day. Forget food, sleep is also sacrificed so that we can satisfy our curiosity about what happens next in the lives of Harry and his friends. JK Rowling’s love for the novel not only helped us to develop a love for books, but also brought us closer by discussing the characters for hours. We also play the Harry spot as a symbol of our loyalty. We even tease each other with names. The average person automatically becomes Bellatrix or Umbridge, and if we’ve got to do our job, all we have to do is assign someone with a house-elf job.
As the books turned into movies, a face appeared to every Potterhead imagination. Although we all designed our own magical world in our head, it finally came to the fore. Although many still have the book vs Film Debate, Harry Potter movies are best friends on sleepless nights and short days. We all know what lies ahead, the climax is still clearly etched in our minds, but as they say, you can never get it.
Ask any fan and they will admit that they imagined themselves as one of the students at Hogwarts. We waited a year later until the school letter reached the doorstep of our house so that we too could join Hogwarts. I was blown away for words when two Indian characters were introduced in the Harry Potter franchise. When I saw the roles of Parvati and Padma Patil played by South Asian actors, I was upset and wondered why my parents were not in the USA, because I went to audition for this part. Like many school girls back then, I cut out pictures of Daniel from newspapers and pasted them in my diary. He was cuddly. Isn’t he?
Also, I found my way to pay tribute to my favorite movie franchise. On my 10th board, we were asked to write an article on happy dreaming. As you may have guessed, I received my letter and hoped to jump on the Hogwarts Express to reach the Magical School. The article is great and I wish someone on the ICSE board could be a friend, I totally enjoyed writing it. Rowling Or the makers will even give me a ticket to reach the sets. However, my happiness is short-lived. When we walked out of the exam room, my twin sister, who was sitting behind me during the exam, said she had written an article on the same subject. Until our results came in, we feared the examiner would get low marks because he had concerns about two papers (and only two) back and forth with articles on Harry Potter.
Speaking of my sister, because of her study nature and curly hair, she was nicknamed Hermione in class. Some of her friends still call her by the same name. As for me, our relatives named me ‘Rita Skeeter’ after I decided to do journalism. Such is the magic of the images you relate to it with your real life. And when the team comes together for a reunion, millions of fans around the world will be transported to Hogwarts to resume the journey.