How Being A Potterhead Made My Childhood Better

Dear J.K Rowling, I owe you my sanity.

I was 9 when I held the first Harry Potter book in my hands. It was the very first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. I don’t quite remember who bought me my first HP book – I think it was my Grandfather. I remember being completely smitten with the story of the chosen one. Everything was different in Harry’s world (duh! what with me being a muggle and all) but still so relatable. No, I had not gone through the avada kedavra levels of tragedies like Harry but I was lonely. My brother had left town to pursue higher studies and I found myself reading alone more often than not.

I did not realize when I became so attached to the Harry Potter world. Book after book, move after movie and game after game – I became a complete Potterhead by the time I was in my teens. I guess apart from the fact that the books were insanely gripping, what made us 90s kids so addicted to Harry’s world was that he was exactly our age. I grew up with Harry – my birthdays being in January and his in July. I owe Miss Rowling my childhood.


Her books kept me busy, inspired and happy. In those days, I was too naive to take deeper lessons from her life but I did learn about the strength of pure love and friendship from the world that she gifted me with. I learnt about possibilities beyond imagination and most importantly, I learnt that you don’t have to always fit in. That the Nevilles, Rons, Lunas and Hermoines also had a chance at being heroes but not only the Victors and Cedrics. Today, I am aware and able to understand the hardships that Miss Rowling went through in her life. Her story is an inspiration to women across the world. As a bonus, Emma Watson teaches me to be a vocal feminist and speak up against biases. From childhood to adolescence and fiction to facts – being a Pottermore has paid off in ways more than I had imagined when I held the first copy.


I also owe my inclination towards books and thus writing to the #HarryPotterBooks because it is due to this series that I fell in love with Literature and am still smitten. As a kid, I used to write down character sketches, favorite moments, plot twists etc after reading each book. That helped me become a writer. So, thank you Joanne Rowling. I owe you so much. I am 28 and I still have my scarpbooks and notes from the best decade of my life. See for yourself:

The Harry Potter world taught me to Alohomora the doors of troubles, Accio all joys and Winagardium Leviosa the spirit for life!

About Surabhi Pandey 291 Articles
A former TV Presenter at Doordarshan Delhi​, Surabhi is the author of 'Nascent Wings' and 'Saturated Agitation'. She is a freelance journalist focused on Lifestyle and Social commentaries. She has been writing in this space for six years. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Times of India, YP SG, Lifestyle Collective, Youth Ki Awaaz and Re:ad Poetry among others. She also writes Tech articles that have appeared on Tech Collective, Kr Asia, SBO.SG, SYNC PR, Entrepreneur and e27. She is the founder of The Vent Machine.

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