Fan Focus: Kaajal – December 15, 2013
How did you become a Harry Potter fan?
It all started in Year 4 Literacy Class when I was eight years old. Our teacher asked us if we would like to study Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or The Hobbit. The class ended up choosing The Hobbit but my interest was piqued. I asked a friend who was already on the Goblet of Fire, “Are these books good. Is Harry Potter a good author?” And she just laughed because I had assumed the big name on the cover was the author’s name. I then went on to read all four within the next few months.
What is one theory you had about the books before they finished that you wish had come true?
I really fell in love with Sirius’ character and I read and re read his death scene and I was convinced that he was hit with a red jet of light not green, although it has not been specified, I believed that JK might have one day had a plan to bring him back from the Veil. And that the reason he was taken away was that Harry would fight harder and be rewarded with his return once the war was over.
What Potter fandom memory would you keep in your Pensieve?
In Year 5 our teacher was a die hard Potter Fan. We used to read excerpts from the books during class and when she organized a trip to Harrow School we were overjoyed to learn that the ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ scene was filmed there. And when we had our next assembly we acted out the scene for the rest of the school. I played Seamus. Harrow School became a kind of Hogwarts for us and I still love it to this day.
What was your reaction to the news about Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them?
I was extremely excited. And so happy that we get to see the Wizarding World in another place, another era and from someone else’s perspective. I really can’t wait for it but I also wish I could be a part of the process because I remember wanting to be a part of the Harry Potter films and I remember begging my mum to let me audition for Parvati or Padma. Alas ’twas a resounding no.