I believe that I can safely say that people who are around my age have basically been raised alongside Harry Potter. (An explanation of the above picture. Hermione is my favorite character of all time, like seriously. Besides, Emma Watson looks real good in this picture.) Certainly, the stars of the movies are only a little older than I am, but still. People like me grew up with the story of Hogwarts and fighting an epic battle against Voldemort.
One item that has been on my bucket list for the longest time has been to visit the Harry Potter attraction in Universal Studios at Orlando, Florida. Everyone who knows me on a personal level is basically aware that I am a hardcore Harry Potter fan who can read the whole series within 2-3 days. Before I turned 11, I remember fervently wishing for my Hogwarts acceptance letter . I could literally see myself walking down the corridors towards Gryffindor and talking to The Fat Lady in the middle of the night. Words cannot describe my disappointment at the fact that Hogwarts is not a real place that children are sent to study magic.
I have faced a question presented to me time and again by friends: How is it that you can hope for this fictional place when you know its not real? The truth is that I always find it comforting to believe in something that is not tainted by the “real world” as we call it. Whenever I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I remember a time when life wasn’t about how we looked or dressed. It was more of finding the magic not only in Hogwarts but also in everything that we did.
Reading through the Harry Potter series did more than transport me to an alternate world for a couple of hours. These books (and to some extent the movies) have both started my interest in writing and also a passion for pretty much all things British.
Because of what J.K. Rowling has done with Harry Potter, I have fought and survived along Harry and his friends. In my imagination, I have flown on my broomstick in countless Quidditch matches, scored countless goals, and have captured countless Snitches. I believe that there are other teenagers who are almost exactly like me in terms of experience with this series. Because of this kind of exposure to the true power of what an author can do to a reader, I decided that I would try my own hand at writing. Although I don’t expect to reach the fame or fortune of J.K. Rowling anytime soon, I am hopeful that I will be successful in the future.
Now on the “I love British stuff” part. Its really hard to explain what I mean to say by that, but I’ll try my best. To put it simply in a few words: I like British people, accents, books, and basically everything else. It is actually my dream to live in the British countryside and marry a British person. Fact is, I’ll probably do a transfer student program when I’m in college to get a head start in my “British dream”, as I call it. This might sound crazy, but if I was offered a chance to have a life in the U.K. right this instant, I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes and start packing. I’m not even kidding.
Note: I’m toying with the idea of starting a Youtube channel, but I’m not sure what I’m going to do on my channel if I do indeed start a channel. It’s only an idea. But if I have a British accent in a couple of years, don’t laugh at me. And I've been trying to write more, but I've been too busy lately with life and stuff.