Quirk of the Month: My Harry Potter Shrine

My closest friends and family know how much I love Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. But when I was a kid, it was all about Hello Kitty and Sanrio. In high school, Taz was the man.

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.

Harry Potter "The Hero Series" mini figurine with story scope. I bought this for US$6.50 each. It's now sold on Amazon and ebay for $20 each. I hope the value increases by the year.

Harry Potter “The Hero Series” mini figurine with story scope. I bought these for sale at US$6.50 each. It’s now sold on Amazon and eBay for $20 each. I hope the value keeps increasing.

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.

My HP collection—calendars from 2001-2003, sticker sheets, stamp pads, bumper stickers, trinkets, bookmarks, and of course, books. To the friend/relative who borrowed my book #1 and never returned it, I want it back!

My HP collection—calendars from 2001-2003, sticker sheets, stamp pads, bumper stickers, trinkets, bookmarks, and of course, books. To the friend/relative who borrowed my book #1 and never returned it, I want it back!

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!”

Sans the golden snitch, I completed the limited edition Harry Potter "The Collector Stones" Series 1. No, you may not have one.

Sans the elusive golden snitch, I completed the limited edition Harry Potter “The Collector Stones” Series 1. No, you may not have one.

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.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" board game. Who wants to play with me?

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” board game. Who wants to play with me?

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?



8 Comments

  1. OH MY G! Grabe! So jelly! I was also a potterhead and i keep watching the series over and over again! Sadly, i wasn’t able to collect HP merch because you know, financial. Haha 🙂 But im so happy to know that Harry potter also has a place in your heart, like me ❤️

    • Kate wrote:

      I had more, but waited for the sale before buying them. I had other stickers and notepads but already used them up. My plan is to sell my collection online in case there’s a financial emergency, haha! 😉 Glad to know you’re a Potterhead as well!

  2. Brenda wrote:

    This was my addiction! back when In my high school years. I used to collect HP notebooks and other stuff, but Draco Malfoy is my crush tho.hehehe… i miss this!

  3. I love Harry Potter. Watched all the movies and read all the books. Pero di ako nagcocollect, because wala akong space for it. I bought the books though. 😀 I admire your collection, ang dami! Dati dream ko magkaron ng collection ng something, like harry potter nga. Pero ayun, naginvest na lang ako sa makeup and cute novelty items. 😀

  4. Ericka S wrote:

    Wow grabe! Ikaw na ang dedicated kay HP!! Have you been to Nook Cafe sa Maginhawa? For sure ate magugustuhan mo dun kasi puro HP din! hehe

  5. Nica wrote:

    another PotterHead here. 🙂 but i do not have a collection just like you do. i only watch every series of the movie and cried hardly for the last one. i really love Daniel since i was a child <3 let's watch the prequel of the story 🙂 have you been to platform 9 3/4? please post a blog about it once you do. kudos to you Miss Kate!

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