Hermione and Harry from Harry Potter

Quidditch and vibrators: making sense of International Harry Potter Day

Or #YoureawizardHarry

A Canadian camgirl called Nadia Foxx has filmed herself reading Harry Potter while sitting on a vibrator. A bespectacled man pleasures a woman with his “philosopher’s bone” in a Brazzers remake of Harry Potter.

(Warning: The links above contain nudity) And a man called Eric in Lewisham, South London, loves the wizard’s adventures so much that he used to shout out his name as every answer in a pub quiz. (In the days when people were allowed to take part in quizzes indoors in pubs.)

Lego Harry Potter plays Quidditch
Someone likes Harry Potter enough to create a Quidditch scene out of Lego (“Harry Potter” by Profound Whatever is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Harry Potter tattoo
This person is very committed to the world of the wizard (“Harry Potter Tattoo” by venturestoanomaly is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

They are all appreciating JK Rowling’s creation in their own unique way although it’s possible that only Eric knows that today (May 2) is International Harry Potter Day.

Supposedly the day was dreamt up by the then Prime Minister David Cameron on a day when he wasn’t unintentionally bringing about his downfall by calling an EU referendum or denying reports he had sex with the head of a pig.

It fits in with his “Call me Dave” attitude to life and trying to be a man of the people as anyone and everyone likes Harry Potter – that is, apart from people who don’t like Harry Potter.

I remember the buzz around the first book. Adults and children alike were picking it up and losing themselves in the tales of Hogwarts and the fight against Lord Voldemort.

My roommate’s mom had a copy when we went to stay in Croton-on-Hudson for Thanksgiving in 2000.

Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Orlando
Fans of Harry Potter can visit Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida (“Harry Potter” by lightrace is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
Harry Potter studio tour
And go on the Harry Potter studio tour near Leavesden, UK (“Harry Potter Studio Tour” by Nivrae is licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Hogwarts Express
All aboard the Hogwarts Express (“Harry Potter” by lightrace is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)

We picked it up and read a few pages before putting it down, realising it wasn’t written very well and so got on with our lives aka watched Martha Stewart on TV.

But others didn’t. Others lapped up every word and devoured the next book, and the next and the next (and all the other ones).

They (and maybe you) bought Harry Potter pyjamas and stationery sets, queued at Watford Junction station for the bus to the Harry Potter land and tried to make Butterbeer at home.

Despite only reading a couple of pages years ago my life hasn’t been completely Potter free.

For a few years at university the release dates of the films seem to always be around Thanksgiving so me and some other American Studies students would watch the American film companies adaptations of the British books as a kind of flip reverse it metaphor (not the right word for it but I cannot think) of British people studying the States.

Michael and Stephanie Alonzo - Harry Potter wedding
Harry Potter has become a theme for quite a few weddings since the first book was published in 1997 (“Michael and Stephanie Alonzo – Harry Potter Wedding” by trustypics is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
They cannot fly but they are doing their best to play Quidditch (“Quidditch” by John Loo is licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Hermione and Harry from Harry Potter
No your eyes are not deceiving you. This pair aren’t really Hermione and Harry (“Hermione and Harry” by greyloch is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

And one of my friends is married to a Potterhead and although their wedding stuck to being nice and tasteful rather than Hogwarts themed, the wedding favours had a touch of the wizard about them.

I would say I don’t get the hype because I’m too old, but people far older than me have fallen in love with the world of the boy wizard – with some even forgoing playing proper sports to stick a broomstick between their legs and pretend to play Qudditch.

So, why is International Harry Potter Day not the big event for me that it is for others?

Why am I not shouting out ‘Harry Potter’ at quizzes and impersonating characters in porn film remakes? Why don’t I have a “I’m not a Muggle” mug?

For me it is difficult to get enthused about anything and this is doubly true when there is such a fandom around something.

Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films
Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, made her fans very happy by running to see them (“Emma Watson running to her fans” by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mother and baby Harry Potter fan
This woman is starting her baby off early on the Harry Potter books – but they don’t look super impressed (“Mother and Baby Harry Potter fan” by Scholastic Inc. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Muggles queue up and try to get through to platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (“for Harry Potter fans” by S Seyler is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Instead I like things other people don’t have or don’t know about, which is why my kitchen stools were made in Siberia rather than coming from IKEA or John Lewis.

Maybe I would have liked Harry Potter if it was well-written or there weren’t so many films and, most importantly, if it wasn’t well-liked by other people.

But then there wouldn’t be an International Harry Potter Day so, if you are celebrating, enjoy yourself.

Stay safe for another week!