Up to the age of 11, I had the most horrible people (the Dursleys) that I called “family”, I was living in a cupboard under the stairs, and I feared that I was forever going to be ordinary.
If you’re a Potthead, I’m sure you know an owl-delivered envelope and a great, big giant named Hagrid had changed my life the year I turned 11. On my birthday, Hagrid had told me the sentence that changed everything: “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
Thanks to J.K. Rowling’s 7-book instalment, plus Warner Brothers’ 7-part movie franchise, everyone knows my life story. You’ve seen me battle a troll, a basilisk, dementors, Death Eaters, and you’ve seen me defeat Voldemort every single time. I’ve done my friends, teachers and the wizard community proud, but I’m not here to tell you about my adventures. I’m here to let you know that even though having a wand that does magic spells and wonders is pretty frigging cool, magic exists in your world as it does mine.
Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, magic exists even in the Muggle world.
Allow me to be cheesy… But there’s a certain magic that we all experience at some point or another in our lives. It may not be in the form of witchcraft and wizardry, but this magic can be found in the people, experiences, things and places around us.
By its purest definition, magic is “a power that allows people to do impossible things. A special power, influence or skill from a supernatural source.” But for an orphan boy like me who has lead a boring early life, magic is more than a skill, it’s a feeling.
Magic makes me feel alive. From the first spell I cast (Wingardium Leviosa haha) to every wizard duel I’ve won, I’ve felt exhilarated, empowered, and in all sense of the word: alive. Magic allows me to do all sorts of spells and tricks but it’s the great butterbeer feeling that comes all over me that gives me a higher high.
There’s magic in writing, reading, music, travelling, friendship, love, literally EVERYTHING around you. Even if you don’t have access to such places like Hogwarts, the Enchanted Forest, a Quidditch pitch or the Ministry of Magic, magic can always be found where it’s sought.
Anything that makes you feel happy, alive, empowered, and all sorts of good, positive feelings? This is magic. And it’s something that people forget at times.
So don’t be sad that there’s no more new Harry Potter books or new Harry Potter movies (It feels so weird using my name that way) to look forward to. Cause if you are truly a believer in the impossible, the magic lives on…. Just in a different way.
Stop waiting for your Hogwarts letter, you’re a Muggle and you can’t sit with us. (haha) Instead, look around and appreciate the many wonderful things in your world that counts as magic.
After all, I am Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, the Savior of the wizarding world, the Vanquisher of Voldemort, and yet I grew up and came from a simple, ordinary Muggle world.
If I can be magical, so can you.
With all the Chocolate Frogs in the world,