Quantcast
Latest Stories

Living Abroad

Citizen of the World Part IV: Very Harry Christmas

By

There was a sense of camaraderie in the air. For once, when I looked right or left, I glimpsed more than my fellow New York University Student and a face that I had noticed briefly while passing through the Academic Center lounge. I saw more than the tenuous connection between them and me that led us both to choose London as our Study Abroad location of choice. I recognized… another Harry Potter fan.

In addition to the many historic places that we were given an opportunity to visit, NYU also arranged this optional tour of “The Making of Harry Potter” Studios. And to my utter horror, I noticed I was almost crying. While they played a five-minute introductory video about the world phenomenon inspired by these seven books, eight movies, the knowledge of their personal impact on me hit. It’s not just that I am a fan girl of the series: I don’t go to the midnight showings, or play on JK Rowling’s interactive site, Pottermore. I don’t have a wand of my own. But as Harry’s destiny was slowly revealed to him, usually during heart-to-heart talks with Professor Dumbledore, I also started coming into myself.

To other people, this must all seem a little ridiculous, but the proof of their impact is alive in much of my current personality. These were the books that brought me into the world of fantasy; Rowling was the teacher from whom I learned I wanted to write for a living. So many of the other doors that I have climbed through, so many paths that I have chosen to take, were only made available to me by that first decision— to pick up The Sorcerer’s Stone where it sat on the shelf in the library, going on a decade ago. I try to reverse those years in my head, to see how similar or different my life would be, if I had just passed it by, but I’ve learned it’s impossible to separate the strands of a person’s existence from their experiences, and I got a headache from trying.

All of this helped me come into a realization…. I never believed in the kind of magic that allowed cars to fly and water to turn into rum, but there is something incredible about the way people are able to take small moments, ones almost without significance, and turn them into milestones. On any given day, you might pass someone on the street who will turn out to be your best friend. You might run out of a necessary ingredient and end up creating something new. You might jot down a line that has been echoing through your head over and over again, only to rediscover it later and turn it into a song.

As my classmates and I snapped pictures of Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor Common Room, we were not attempting to capture a genuine artifact; instead, we were preserving an emotion from the other side of the camera. We were laying tribute to everything we felt, everything we understand about Harry Potter whether that be his lessons of love, loyalty, fairness, charity, or mercy. We were also recognizing the part our enthusiasm had to play in the magic.

As the holiday season encroaches, and people put on the visible or invisible markers of Santa Claus, I hope that this type of magic abounds. I hope everyone experiences the same wonder, of sharing something with their fellow human beings and admiring them for that. I hope… that everyone has a Very Harry Christmas!


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More from this Blog:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Features , Global Nation , Harry Potter

  • http://twitter.com/fraud_invest Wei Koh

    indeed clever article



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  2. Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  3. HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  4. Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  5. Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  8. Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  9. Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  10. Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  1. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  2. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  3. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  4. Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  5. 85% of Filipinos love US – survey
  6. 10 US presidents who visited the PH (and what they said)
  7. WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  8. 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  9. 150 Filipino teachers in Maryland to lose jobs, visas
  10. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  1. US to China: We will protect Philippines
  2. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  3. DFA grants visa-free privilege to 7 countries
  4. China warned: Don’t try to tow away BRP Sierra Madre
  5. Back home in Manila, and feeling out of place
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  8. China: PH tarnishing Beijing’s international image
  9. What’s inside BRP Sierra Madre?
  10. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
Advertisement

News

  • Aquino to lead Air Force turnover rites
  • Security in place for Obama as police hope for ‘peaceful’ visit
  • Retired SC justice Lorenzo Relova; 98
  • Ligots fight 2nd forfeiture case
  • PH will be partly cloudy in afternoon, evening—Pagasa
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  • Marketplace