What would happen if harry potter was based in Kolkata?

 

Ever since I read the first book, my free times were mostly spent imagining myself as one of the students of Hogwarts. Sometimes, if I had the audacity to imagine myself as brilliant, I saw myself as Hermione- accompanying Harry on every expeditions and adventure. But I stumbled as I tried to follow him around given Europe or wherever the Hogwarts school is (you see, magical schools are really secretive about their whereabouts as per Bathilda Bagshot in Hogwarts: A history) since I hardly know the country. How nice it would have been had the story been set in Kolkata. The city of joy is a magic to be unravelled every day- every lanes and street hold their own history and magic that you can explore. What if there were…

Flying metros

Invisible to the muggles, flying metro would have been the perfect substitute to knight bus in Kolkata. You have to reach the metro station by either apparating, floo powder or with broomsticks and the train can take you across continents. It does not even need railway tracks and it is faster than aeroplanes. How cool is that?

 

Platform 17 ¾

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The new platforms of Howrah station are less crowded and hence the ideal place to reach the magical platform undetected. The chaotic coherence in the spirit of Kolkata is particularly manifested in the bustling heritage station which resembles platform 9 ¾ every time a train arrives at any platform. No- you don’t have to walk through the pillars here, though, it is too scary for an eleven-year-old. Platform 17 ¾ can be reached simply by flushing yourself down a particular toilet here.

The Diagon alley of Kolkata- icchepuron goli

The magical street where you can find everything you need has to be around Dharmatala in Kolkata. What can be more fitting that the central Kolkata region where you can find everything and anything. To reach the place that is located right below the Hogg Market, go inside New Market at the centre where the alleys within the market converge at the tiny shop in the middle. All you have to do is simply walk through the shop and there you are- at “icchepuron goli”.

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Floating school

Take a train to Hogwarts which is located in the heart of the Ganges on a floating coral island guarded by the Mer people. Wondering how a train can travel under water? Don’t worry- Hogwarts express is equipped with floaters or trained giant squids to pull it forward while a special water-proofing charm protects its engines. The school often rise up on the surface of the river- not that you would feel the lack of sunlight or air underwater as well. After all, Hogwarts enjoys a natural ambience even within the building itself with its enchanted ceiling.

Crows instead of owls

Kolkata has plenty of crows and the magical community can actually get a great deal of use out of the rodents simply by petting them and training them to carry your letters.

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Wands made of neem, mahogany, and saal

Wands made from the tropical and evergreen trees are the best choice here. A wand from the neem tree would perfectly match the ambience of Kolkata when to harry potter is set here. But resisting the urge to chew at it is an art to be mastered by many.

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Am I raving with my imagination? Even if I am, I do not care to restrict myself. Magic is madness. Magic is imagination and Kolkata are magic. So you never know when you stumble upon real magic in this city.

 

This Blogpost is an entry to the blogging contest, a part of the book launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in association with Kolkata Bloggers.

Image courtsey for all the images used in this post goes to google images.

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Friends with Benefits

He asked,” So? What do you want? Ask for anything and I will do it. If you are happy, so am I.”
Her eyes lit seeing the very statement and her mid wandered off to all that she really wants. What I want? You really want to know what I truly want? Man, you’d be surprised.
I want to lie beside you and just stay like that, still and silent- marveling the beauty of silence. I want to behave utterly silly without worrying about looking appealing or good to you. I want to cuddle up to you after every time we make love. I don’t like the way you withdraw and move away like strangers. I want to fall asleep knowing that you are there beside me. Every time I wake up in the dead of the night, I want to see you asleep beside me. Can we just be like every other couple in love? I sure need the sex and you are good, but do you make me happy? No. How can I be happy knowing that there will never be anything more than that? The warmth of the bodies is just not warm enough to touch the heart. I know you do not trust anyone with your heart. I know I cannot be always there when you wake up from bad dreams at night. But I cannot help it when with every passing day you become more than just a friend with benefits for me. You will never know that. You do not really notice my eyes and I can see that. I won’t tell you again. we are friends with benefits and that is all.

All went through her mind within seconds and none came to her lips. Her heart bore it all. When she replied the text, the seductress spoke through her lips again,” Surprise me”, and winked. Lucky, they are just text messages, lucky technology is there to back up every pretense.

Somewhere deep down, the woman in her wept.