I have been to Hogwarts, and I must say, it was a pretty delightful experience. I met Hagrid, the giant. Ron, the red-haired Weasley. I also met the rest of his brothers (red-haired as well. Fred and George were great beaters). I have met Hermione, the egghead. Oh, and how could I forget Albus Dumbledore (one of the finest and best headmasters Hogwarts ever saw).
It was one of the most epic adventures of my life- being out there at Hogwarts.
To clear the air, I have never been to Hogwarts in the physical sense. Not the studio that was recreated for the sake of the movie.
But I do have a feel of the power that books wield. Through my imagination, I have travelled thousands of miles without having to move my feet. All thanks to great books like Harry Potter!
Just in case you have never read Harry Potter, here’s a few things you should know:
Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, was a quite unusual children’s book by all standards. In the initial stages, it was rejected by some literary agents and the material labelled as too strange for a children’s book.
How could a book about wizards and witchcraft be pushed to such a young audience?! Preposterous!
However, it has been! And it might as well go down as one of the most successful children’s books in all of history. Over 500 million copies of the book have been sold and a great number still sell by the day.
And all of this only happened because one lady dared to dream. Because she did not discard the idea she had while delayed on a train ride from Manchester to London in 1990.
J.K. Rowling had always loved to read and write books of her own and fate has allowed her to bless us with one of the best series of all time.
Now, I have been to Hogwarts, I have met Severus Snape, I have met Sir Nicholas (Nearly Headless Nick), I have met Dobby the elf, Neville, Draco Malfoy, Dudley, Crabbe and Goyle. I have met all of the Griffindors, the Ravenclaws, the Hufflepuffs, and the Slytherins.
One thing is certain: I do not regret meeting any of them! Even the darkest of them all, the great and mighty Lord Voldemort.
I do hope you meet them too!
Want to know more about Harry Potter, check out my review of the first book of the series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.