I’ve been sitting at my desk for some time now, wondering what to say. For one, it is not July 31, anymore, and oh, I don’t know, I’ve only been working on this illustration for the past week or so! Well, to be fair, I had a visit from a Dementor of the Muggle kind – a flying cockroach. – There was no way for me to avoid writing the word; you must be picturing it right now, and I’m sorry (unless of course, you like them or are an entomologist or summat).
He was flying around in the room I share with my sister on the night of the 31st. Upon spotting him, we conjured our respective Patronus charms whereby we sealed him in with copious amounts of insecticide. (An Avada Kedavra would have sufficed, but that would have been dark, dark magic, and also, we were fucking scared.) Anyway, my computer was in the room; caught unawares, I had to leave my baby in there with the critter. (We heaved a sign when we found his body, a few days later.)
And now, that there are no more secrets between us – I thought to include a modification of an excerpt from a post I wrote on Medium in 2016…
“Every year, I do this thing (I may have talked about it before) – I read the entire seven-part series of Harry Potter because it is something that makes me really happy. As an exercise, what’s even more interesting for me is re-discovering so many details about the stories that I might have missed before, and I enjoy making notes of doubts that occur to me while I’m reading the books, et cetera, et cetera, and in the process, fall in love with the books all over again. It is definitely one tradition I hope to never tire of.”
This, mis amigos, is true! I have been re-reading the books, every year, ever since 2012. I have not yet begun them yet, this year. I will be, soon. – The illustration you see is one I re-worked on from ‘the’ personal series I did, last year, on occasion of it being #HarryPotter20 and all that. The wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter continues to enchant me, year after year, and this post is meant to pay ode to some of what I feel about the series. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe it all coherently, and perhaps that is good because I don’t know, I wouldn’t want to ever leave it all behind.
To paraphrase from another great, great yet terrible wizard, “Harry Potter is my past, present, and future.”
P.S. The illustration, here, features my favourite trio of fictional friends: Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (hello, Earwax and Vomit, d’you see ’em too?) make up the background, along with some magical sparkles and the like.
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes