Ever since the time our world was hit by Potter mania, I have wondered about this book that has captivated a million people worldwide. I was curious about why Harry Potter, (supposedly) a children’s book, was being devoured by adults. I admit, children’s books can be much more interesting, at times, as they take us away to some far off fantasy lands. And, who doesn’t enjoy being in a fantasy land? Still, what lay amidst those pages that had people queueing up outside bookstalls, eager to own a copy? What was it that had enthralled its audiences to such an extent that Potter-ese had become a whole new language?
All these years, I just couldn’t get myself to pick up a Harry Potter on my countless trips to the bookshop. I would read about the book and its myriad magical (weird, for me) characters in blogposts and hear friends rave about it! They would cajole me to give it a try, at least once. But, I wasn’t convinced. It felt like an utter waste of time.
Some days ago, a dear friend, Shantala Nayak, sent me a surprise gift. As I opened the package excitedly, I wondered what jewel lay within. But, when my eyes fell on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, my heart sank. I puzzled over what had gotten into her for gifting me a Harry Potter, of all the books! But, the moment I opened it, I was greeted by an illustration of the Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry! I was curious to know what lay in there. The artwork had played its trick on me!
I turned to the first chapter and, to put it simply, was spellbound from the word go! The land of magic, wizards and witches and owls and broomsticks and potions and yes, Quidditch, too, seemed to beckon me, for I felt myself getting hypnotised by its charms! I knew the rags to riches story of its writer, Ms. J.K.Rowling. And, to be truthful, it has always inspired me and given me a lot of hope. So it was, as I turned the pages, filled with curiosity to know what happened next, that I realised what a web she has spun! One can only get entangled in this web, never to find their way out!
I am hoping to get all the remaining parts of the series, too, so that I have a collection to boast of, and mouth some Potterese, myself! Each time I read the words in front of me, read the quirky, outlandish names of the characters, and their magical way of life, I begin imagining a world out there the author might have been inspired by. Or, wonder if there is such a world out there, a world full of witches and wizards, waving their magic wands, casting their magic spell on people around and living a thrilling life full of adventure.
Well, if it does exist, I for sure would love to experience it some day; see for myself how it must feel, travelling on broomsticks and using passwords to enter into rooms that might not even exist! Ah, there I go again, on one of my trips into Ms. Rowling’s Wonderland! Another fan added to her legions of bewitched fans. I have always been a dreamer, a wanderer, if you please, and now, I have a good enough reason to dream on some more.
On a serious note, don’t we all need such a dreamland, filled with magic, to charm us with its spell? Life isn’t always the dreamland we make it out to be. It has its own monsters we encounter day in day out. And, at the end of the day, as we lie down tired and exhausted, we do need something special that will help take our mind off the real world and take us away to some magical land. So what if it’s not for real, so what if it’s just for a matter of time, at least we return refreshed, with some hope that life might show its magic, someday.
It just might. We never know!
Are you a Potter fan? Do you have a fantasy land, all your own, where you travel to for a few moments of respite? And, do you believe in magic? Just for the fun of it, nothing serious!
|Couldn’t agree more!|