Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. Albus Dumbledore
On July 2, 1997, I wandered into a bookstore in Manchester, England looking for a book to keep me company on my train ride to Edinburgh. The sales clerk suggested a new book that had just come out three days ago called ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’. I flipped through it and thought–seems interesting enough…probably written for middle school aged kids, but it will be a quick read and I’ll have a book to trade when I get to Edinburgh. On my train trip north, I became immersed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter…of how boy of 11 found out he was a wizard and he and his friends were able to thwart the most evil wizard of all. I finished the book right before we pulled into Edinburgh and promptly put Harry Potter out of my mind. We weren’t re-acquainted again until 2006 [when I plowed through almost the entire series in a two week period and then had an agonizing year wait for the finale] But by now, you could say I am a bit of a Harry Potter nerd. I have read all the books and seen all of the movies [including the midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows-Part 1 in Trujillo, Peru] multiple times. I feel as if I KNOW Harry Potter. The following is how I’d imagine my life would be if I weren’t a muggle. If I weren’t a muggle, my life would be completely different, but somehow still familiar.
- If I weren’t a muggle, I could go shopping in Diagon Alley…instead of just Target.
This is what I imagine Diagon Alley to look like..the real Diagon Alley is in Leadenhall Market which today looks nothing like Diagon Alley.
2. If I weren’t a Muggle, I’d be able to access Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station.
3. If I weren’t a muggle, I would either be teaching potions [my favorite class] at Hogwarts or be employed as a healer at St Mungo’s Hospital for Medical Maladies. My ideal job, however, would be taking over for Madame Pomfrey at Hogwarts.
4. If I weren’t a muggle, I could have gone to Hogwarts for middle and high school.
Old Hoggy, hoggy Howgwarts….
5. If I weren’t a muggle and had gone to Hogwarts, I would have had to be sorted into a house. The sorting hat would have encountered a little bit of difficulty deciding where to place me, but according to this quiz, I’d be placed in Slytherin–which is ok because green and silver are my colors… [I wouldn’t be one of those Death Eater Syltherins though].
6. If I weren’t a muggle, I wouldn’t have to use the visitor’s entrance at the Ministry of Magic.
7. If I weren’t a muggle, I could have eaten all my meals in an oh-so-elegant dining hall instead of the very generic one at Clinton High School. I fully expected to see The Bloody Baron or Nearly Headless Nick floating through the room or Dumbledore sitting at the head of the table.
8. If I weren’t a muggle, I could have received mail via owl instead of the Arden Post Office.
9. If I weren’t a muggle, I could have brought my cat to school. Lucy would have loved that, and she could have helped me study for my OWL exams.
Just a few ideas about how my life would be different if I weren’t a muggle and here are a few other photos from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
The cafe that started it all…Where much of the first books were written in Edinburgh.
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland taken during my 1997 trip to UK before it was Harry Potter famous [the learning to fly on broomsticks lessons were filmed here]…I went to see the Poison Garden [which in my opinion should have found its way into the HP books]
and finally the beaches of Pembrokeshire, Wales [taken before HP fame during the ’97 trip]…In my opinion some of the prettiest beaches in the world…For the films, they built the Shell Cottage. I am not sure if it is still there or if they took it down after filming was completed.