If you would have walked into Kalap village located in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand a few days back, you would have been extremely fortunate to witness a ‘real’ life Quidditch match being recreated. And undoubtedly, you would have watched the magical sport originally played in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – like a muggle with your jaw dropped.
All thanks to Anshu Agarwal, a 25-year-old freelance photographer, many dream-come-true pictures of a Quidditch match are winning hearts of Harry Potter fans around the world. Anshu, who works with an NGO as a teacher in Kalap, came up with this absolutely brilliant idea of recreating the game with his lenses.
The idea took shape when Anshu started showing Harry Potter movies to the school kids on Sundays, to teach them English. Like their “diehard Potterhead” teacher, the students were also completely amazed by the game, which has enthralled generations of fans. When they expressed their desire to become witches and wizards, Anshu decided to use his love for levitation photography, and give their fantasy a touch of reality.
And thus, the isolated village located 211 km from Dehradun, witnessed a glimpse of magic – with some one-foot high wooden benches and broomsticks.
“Many children of the village clustered around in different locations of the village for 4 consecutive Sundays as I captured the thrilled kids hopping on their broomsticks. The images were stacked together and edited on Photoshop,” he told The News Minute.
The outcome that he shared on his Facebook page Anshoots Photography, is one of the most real Quidditch experiences ever.
Madam Hooch would have been super proud of these pictures: