Move over, Hogwarts. A school in the mountains of northern India is now taking the quidditch world by storm.
It all started when 25-year-old traveling photographer Anshu Agarwal arrived in the isolated Himalayan village of Kalap to teach the area's local children. Little did he know that in addition to dropping knowledge, he'd also be bringing some magic into their worlds.
As a creative and entertaining way to teach his young students, Agarwal began screening the Harry Potter films on Sundays as a way to expose them to more of the English language. Unsurprisingly, the kids were enchanted by J.K. Rowling's magical world.
After the children
repeatedly expressed their desire to become witches and wizards, Agarwal
came up with a brilliant idea that would grant their wishes: Recreate
the magical game of quidditch — the wizarding world's most beloved sport — in their own village using a few makeshift props and the power of
"We constructed a nifty 1 foot high wooden bench, mimicked some broomsticks as shown in the movies and arranged for a volleyball," Agarwal tells MNN. "Many children of the village clustered around in different locations of the village for four consecutive Sundays as I captured them hopping on their broomsticks."
In the photo below, you can see snapshots of all the kids with their broomsticks:
After getting all the images he needed, Agarwal loaded
them up into Photoshop, where he edited and stacked them together to
give the appearance of an action-packed Quidditch game.
The resulting series is as heartwarming as it is clever.
"[Upon] seeing the pictures, the kids' eyes popped out," Agarwal explains. "People there yelled out in amazement and I couldn’t stop grinning [because I knew that I] managed to rope in some more magic [into] this already enchanted village."