Looking for Magic in a Muggle World

I wake up, disoriented, as a horrible screeching rings through my head. Stumbling out of bed, I go through the methodical routine of grabbing my phone, keys, and a jacket before filing out of the building for the third fire drill of the semester. As I pass under the alarm in the hallway, and it shakes my whole body, I wish I could just point at it and yell, “Silencio!”

Being surrounded by Muggles has proven to be problematic. All I want to do is fly around on a broomstick and have the whole school cheer for me. In reality, thinking it would be good to get off campus for a few hours, I’m driving a car that’s nearly as old as I am and suffering the consequences when it decides it’s tired of running. Being late to class leads not to cheers but to judging looks.

My bank account, despite working three jobs all summer, is dwindling dangerously. If I had gone to Hogwarts, I wouldn’t be paying for college. I would have finished my education three years ago and have no debt. There would be a vault in Gringotts full of Galleons that I had been able to save from my jobs instead of spending it on car repairs and student fees.

Looking around, it seems like everyone else is perfectly happy with where they are. I know why this is. It’s due to the simple fact that Muggles don’t know there is a better option, but for us magical folk, being stuck in the Muggle world is not nearly as easy as one would think. It’s not all spark plugs and rubber ducks. Batteries don’t solve all your problems. Magic is what keeps us going, and I intend to continue looking for it.

I can’t be the only one who feels mismatched in my current environment. What are some of the ways of the wizarding world that you wish we could use in our day-to-day lives?

Amy Hogan

I was 9 years old when I discovered the magic that is “Harry Potter.” I am a proud Hufflepuff and exceedingly good at eating, reading, being sarcastic, and over-thinking small tasks. Since I spent too much time worrying about the correct way to write this bio, this is all I was able to come up with before the deadline.