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  • “The box says for ages 7-12”

    “Yeah? So?”
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    Harry Potter and I – we have a longstanding relationship, built on twelve years of suspending disbelief to believe in a world of magic. In a time in my life, when simple childhood was growing into ambiguous young adulthood, it was amazing to escape to Hogwarts where good and evil were so well defined. I remember picking up that first book in eight grade and being mesmerized, not by brilliant writing, but by the ability of a novel to push my imagination. Fantasy fiction is made real in the details, and I bought into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, hook-line-and-sinker.

    Then again, I guess there was also a part of me that loved the idea of an ordinary boy suddenly realizing that he had the power to change the fate of the world. I desperately wanted to believe that there was more to me than just a suburban Jersey girl of average achievement and slightly below average talent. I wanted Hagrid to come knocking on my door to tell me that I had more to me all along.

    He never knocked.

    But seven novels and eight movies later, I have been indoctrinated with delusions of grandeur. I genuinely believe that though I may never save the world from dark wizards, I do have the power to change the fate of the world, however slightly.

    Greatness, for me and all us muggles who inhabit reality, will come in the decisions we make, in the effort we are willing to commit and the risks that we take. And who says, there isn't magic in that?
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