The incredible world of Harry Potter had a great impact on my imagination as a child. Some of my fondest memories with my siblings are when we played Harry Potter related games together. I remember spending a great deal of time in our small backyard in Brooklyn gathering dirt from the floor. After we had gathered enough, we would deem the dirt to be Floo powder. We would then enthusiastically throw the Floo powder to the ground and scream, “Diagon Alley!” Although we never managed to Floo ourselves to the wizarding world, we would tirelessly gather and throw Floo powder over and over again.
Another game we used to play together merely consisted of us pretending to be Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I would always call dibs on Harry, Melissa would be Ron, and Denis, being the youngest and last to pick, would be Hermione. We would use the crawl space underneath our parents’ bed as the “Chamber of Secrets” and pretend to see Voldemort’s face in the windows. Needless to say, Harry Potter made my childhood a lot of fun.