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Today the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released, the first of a potential 3 part series.

And I may have gotten a little emotional, when Hedwig’s theme kicked in especially, it’s been SO long since there was anything truly new in the Potter world, after a decade of waiting for new books and new trailers and watching new films suddenly there was a bit of lull.

When the last film ended it felt like I was closing the door, a little, on my childhood – it may sound dramatic but that’s how it felt – until now.

My relationship with Harry started when I was 9 and I picked up Chamber of Secrets in the library, the librarian was surprised, told me it was really hard to find a Harry Potter book nowadays. I can’t remember what made me pick it up, a book which had a front cover of 2 boys in a car but I did and it changed my life. I fell in love with the world beyond the world, similar to Narnia and Harry has guided me through some of my more lonely times growing up and lead to some of my best friendships.

Life can be so stressful sometimes, something we figure out pretty young and yes the Potter books are full of strife, but it was the way the strife was dealt with that was so lovely to read.

To see love be the thing that beat everything, the love of friends and family, the love of a partner, the love of a peer or a mentor.

I think that’s what stuck with so much, even more than the house elves, owls and magical spells, that the most human of all emotions is what seemed the most magical. It’s also what made it seem tangible.

Though the spells and gothic castles were pretty bad ass too

Harry Potter made me feel like I was something special, and aged 26 it still does, I can’t wait to see how the Wizarding World expands and how maybe one day I can bring my children into that world.

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