Quirk of the Month: My Harry Potter Shrine
And then there was college.
In 2001, the Harry Potter fever infected both kids and adults alike, thanks to J. K. Rowling’s children’s book series. Back then we were anticipating the release of book #5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Producers had yet to cast Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as the trio Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley for the movie adaptation.
I, in the meantime, was busy hoarding Harry Potter collectibles, thinking I was the only big Harry Potter fan in the universe. I was on vacation in the US with my family that summer and the Harry Potter items from Claire’s were on red tag sale. I purchased a dozen items and happily stuffed them in my balikbayan box.
Back in the Manila, I proudly displayed the collectibles on my study desk. I squirmed when I found out that the Harry Potter mania had taken over the bookstores and toy stores, because I selfishly wanted to be the only one with HP merch. But I kept buying anyway. I even found knock-offs in bazaars. I just had to accept that I couldn’t possibly be the only fan of this magical series.
During a study session in my condo across my university, a classmate laid eyes on my study table for the first time and said, “Woah, you have a Harry Potter shrine!” Her voice had a tone of mockery that made me a bit embarrassed, but after she inspected my limited edition Harry Potter stones, she asked, “May I have one?” Like a bratty 7-year-old, I answered, “No way!”
After graduation, I moved back to my house and stuffed my Harry Potter collection in a small section of my shelf. As I found my way into adulthood, my Peanuts obsession took over, and my HP collection started gathering dust.
But I’ll always be a fan of Hogwarts. Someone I love once nicknamed me, Luna Lovegood, and I took it as a compliment. I still play my Harry Potter DVDs every now and then, or watch it on HBO as if I were watching it for the first time.
What collectibles do you secretly have in your bedroom, muggle?