Saturday, July 2, 2011

Growing up with the wizard with specs



I was in class five then. My friend Pratiti told me about a great new book- Harry Potter. She told me I absolutely have to read it! Somehow her excitement intrigued me. When my bhua came for a visit and asked me what I wanted I asked for the first three Harry Potter books. And thus my odyssey began.


“ Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, at number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. “


That’s the first line. I didn’t move my eyes from the pages till I reached the last line. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat. It was frenzy, my first reading of Harry Potter.  


I remember I read through the night and went to school the next day. And I wasn’t even drowsy. That was the level of my excitement. After seventeen chapters and loads of awe filled moments I was hooked!



I couldn’t wait to get back home and read the 2nd book. How intriguing is a name like “chamber of secrets” be? Pretty intriguing.


Soon  had read all three books. My mother promised to buy me the fourth book if I did well in my finals. Best incentive ever!


By then a proper fan club had been formed in our school. India too had discovered the most popular bespectacled boy and the HP craze was all over the news. The Chosen One had arrived.


Its been 11 years and The Boy Who Lived has never bored me. Ever time I re- read the books I discover something new. And the Adrenaline rush I get whenever I talk about HP has not decreased a bit.


I don’t think I will forget the year ever. It was 2001 and I became a Harry Potter fan. For life. 


4 comments :

  1. for life! hp is not a book...it's a way of life itself...
    loads of hugs and kisses...

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  2. @ sb is the boss. that is so true! our lives have been permanently HPised!

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  3. DITTO DITTO DITTO!!! HP FOREVER!!! i dont have any other things to say about this.. its just that, Harry is like another "ME" which I can become whenever i can close my eyes!!! :)

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  4. @ Sam luv bng a hardcore Hp fan :D

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