#365DaysOfWriting Day 80: The Potterhead Family in Kolkata

If you thought you were done reading about Harry Potter on this space, I’m sorry to inform you that you were wrong! Yes, the Cosplay is over; and, yes, I have completed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I’m written the review; I’ve already mentioned why Harry Potter occupies such a special place in my life, so you must be wondering: what more do I have to say?

This Saturday gave me the opportunity of meeting people as crazy, and some even more crazier, about Harry Potter as I am. Even though I was meeting most people for the first time, we immediately formed a connect and in a span as short as 10 minutes, it felt as if I knew some of them for years. Loving Harry Potter made us feel as if we’d shared a childhood together, as if we’d grown up together.

That is the magic of Harry Potter! The next day (on 31st July, 2016) when the book released, a few people (including myself) sat at a coffee-shop outside and started reading it there itself. I met a person for the first time that morning, and we bonded at once. While we were engrossed in reading, a girl randomly asked us if the book had actually released and if it was still available. We told her that it was, and she too rushed to get her copy.

As one or two friends got ready to leave for home, there were always one or two others joining in. I stayed put because I just could not stop myself from taking a break from reading. I made friends with someone whom I met for the first time, and we started chatting nineteen to a dozen. It began with Harry Potter, and then moved on to random philosophies of life, to more personal topics of conversation.

It was in 1997 that the first book of Harry Potter released. It was in 1999 that I was introduced to the world of Harry Potter. It is 2016 now, and the influence is strong even today. Harry Potter helps strangers become friends. It draws you to people you would otherwise look past. It gave me a new family of Potterheads in my home-town, and this has made ‘The City of Joy’ an even more joyous place for me. Now, isn’t that magical?

If you are one of the few who has still not experienced this world, do it now! Embrace the magic inside you. Don’t remain a Squib and be in the Muggle World. Become a wizard or a witch and turn your seemingly ordinary life into the enchanting world of Hogwarts!

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