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Confessions of Potter maniacs

india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 14:55 IST
Anushka Bhartiya
Anushka Bhartiya
Hindustan Times
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Being a muggle, it is not easy to always catch a Potter movie first day first show, but Sugato Hazra has been doing it for the last 10 years. The seamless transition from the magic world to the real one is what attracts him most to Rowling’s astoundingly successful venture.

Sounds normal to a Potter fan right? But there’s a catch here! Hazra is 53 and has watched all the eight movies with daughter, Dipavali, who is 18 now.

PotterPotter maniacs come in all ages and types. Meet Sona Singh, 26, who hails from Bihar and saw the first movie in Dalsingh Sarai town, in 2001, where it is next to impossible to buy an English film DVD. But she did find it and made sure that she watched all the subsequent movies as soon as they released.

"Potter films are a living example of the imagination of the human mind. What I find most intriguing are the words and concepts that Rowling has created such as Horcruxes, the Sorting Hat, Muggles etc," she says.

Hazra saw the first movie when he was 42 and since then, he has been hooked to it. He says Potter represents his childhood when he strongly believed in the goodness of this world.

“As a parent, I love Harry. It brought back the elixir called reading into the life of a generation which without Harry would have been brought up on the staple diet of Facebook, Google and Wikipedia,” he says.

And then there is Aaditi Isaac, 25, who always reads her Potter books in one go. She has bought all the Potter DVDs and is a regular on, a website that has all Potter-related information.

PotterTaking the fascination to another level, Dipavali started her journey with Potter when she was just 9. On her eleventh birthday, she was confident that her letter for Hogwarts would arrive soon so that she would be done with muggle schooling for good. And though she was dismayed, she hasn’t stopped believing that such a world exists. "Rowling has given me a much more convincing kind of magic that the elf and fairy stories of Enid Blyton could never provide."