I find it difficult to contain my excitement, because 31st July 2016 could get better than this! Potterheads all over the world are going mad, and rightly so. On this incredibly exciting trio of occasions: the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter and Queen J. K. Rowling’s birthdays and the celebration of Potter month on Buzz Magazine, I thought it would be super magical to write about the Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters Colouring Book, which I was lucky to find at a local bookstore during my recent travel to the US.
Now as a person, I am very possessive of all the Harry Potter stuff I own; be it my two copies of each book in the series, my illustrated edition of the first book, my Harry Potter accessories, jewellery, playing cards, stationery, mugs, pillow, postcards, stickers, posters, buttons, keychains, my Elder wand… The list goes on and on. But the point is that I am so dangerously possessive of all these items that I never really use them because I just want to showcase and admire them. That is also one of the reasons why I haven’t even thought of colouring the colouring book. Mad, right? But it is what it is.
Now because my colouring book focuses solely on characters and places, we have everything in this book from Diagon Alley to the Hogwarts Castle to Dumbledore’s office to the common rooms to the dungeons to the Forbidden Forest to the Black Lake to the Burrow to Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes to the Ministry of Magic to Gringotts. Basically, you name it and this book has it all. Even when it comes to the characters, we have intricate drawings of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, Professor Dumbledore, and even someone as annoying as Uncle Vernon, Aunt Marge and Dolores Umbridge.
Every image is extremely detailed and so well made that it seems as though it is all real. Sometimes, I feel like I want to create magic with my colours and paints and make everything as perfect and as close to my imagination from when I first read the books as possible. But then there are other times when I feel like all I want to do is just sit, take a deep breath and simply admire the intricacy, details and the magical feeling that comes with having this book in my hands. The book also comes with a bunch of illustrations at the very end, which I could cut and use as posters, but let’s be real. That’s not going to happen. Nonetheless, I am a hundred percent sure that actually colouring the book would be super fun.
I am not sure if and where the colouring book is available in India, but if you ever come across it, I suggest you pick it up, at least to add to your collection. I am so in love with this book that I cannot get enough of it. Just having it in my hands makes my life so much better, because it’s something I always wanted. And I am sure that all of us are going to feel the same once Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets to us, very, very soon.
Wishing all you Potterheads a magical Sunday!
[Note: Due to unforeseen issues with scheduling posts, this post has appeared later than it was intended to. But oh well, we can go on celebrating Harry Potter forever!]