An unexpected new life

“We have decided that we’ll be terminating your contract.”

Wednesday, 2 weeks ago, 5PM. I was about to leave work when my boss called me into his office and spoke these words. I’ve since repeated those words at least 5 million times in my head.

Unexpectedly, because there was absolutely no valid reason for them firing me. Fortunately, because I had already been looking for a different job for over a month. Circumstances weren’t ideal. This was the nudge I needed to get my shit together and move on to a new life. A better life. With a job I actually loved and left me feeling good about myself, complete. But I never could’ve guessed that merely a week later, I’d find the job I’d always been looking for.

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Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home

It has been exactly 3 years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered in London. “It All Ends Here”, as Warner Brothers advertised it. But for me, it hasn’t ended.

I remember that day fondly. I remember attending the midnight premiere. I remember the elated screams and applause when Molly finally killed Bellatrix. The loaded silence as Severus Snape took his last breaths. I remember the tears that were shed during the red carpet event on Trafalgar Square in London, as millions of fans around the world were live streaming the event. I remember the emotional hug of Dan, Rupert, and Emma, the golden trio. But most of all, I remember JK’s beautiful words of wisdom and comfort: “The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

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