Artist Anshu Agarwal has achieved the impossible. With the help of photography and a not-so-little dose of magic, this 25-year-old dreamer has turned the fantastical world of Harry Potter into reality, for his beloved students. A freelance photographer, Agarwal is currently working as a teacher in a remote Himalayan village in India’s Uttarakhand region.
To help his pupils learn English faster, Agarwal spent every Sunday over the last few months showing Harry Potter movies to his students. As expected, the children almost immediately fell in love with the wonderful, yet fictional, world of witchcraft and wizardry. When they expressed their desire to become wizards and witches themselves, Agarwal used his prowess as a photographer to recreate a game of Quidditch, complete with flying broomsticks and a Golden Snitch. The artist said:
We constructed a nifty 1 foot high wooden bench, mimicked some broomsticks as shown in the movies and arranged for a volleyball. As many as 40 children of the village clustered around in different locations of the village for 4 consecutive Sundays as I captured them hopping on their broomsticks.
Armed with Photoshop, Agarwal altered the images to make it look as if the kids were gliding through the air on magical broomsticks, racing to catch hold of the Golden Snitch. The designer added:
On seeing the pictures, the kids’ eyes popped out. People there yelled out in amazement and I couldn’t stop grinning as I knew I did manage to rope in some more magic in this already enchanted village.