I am a Harry Potter geek.
Or more specifically, a Severus Snape geek. Quite openly so!
Eight years ago, I moved into my current home. That was when I began putting together my unusual office, a small space filled to bursting with books, curiosities and Professor Snape collectibles. It is also whimsically known as “the dungeons.”
My goal from the start was to create something special, a place where I could devote myself to my vocation and loved ones: a place to write my books, answer letters, ponder, rest, and work my magic — that is, deepen my understanding of the world as a manifestation of everlasting love.
What better way to do so than in an environment that looked as though it was inspired by the Addams Family mansion and Pee Wee’s Playhouse?
The walls were painted venetian plaster yellow. Because of the thick green curtains hanging in the window, the room is a mixture of light and shadows, and when I turn on my lamps in the evening, the soft yellow color I chose for the walls gives the entire room a warm, serene glow.
Then I slowly built my collection of curiosities.
Halloween is one of the best times of the year to do one’s shopping if your office looks like mine!
A set of jars here, a couple of rubber snakes there, cockroaches, a heart, spiders, eyeballs, shells, stones, herbs, crystals… Most of what I have collected has been rather inexpensive.
The notable exceptions have been my Professor Snape collectibles! When it comes to the Potions Master, who has been my muse for so long, well, a certain largesse is indeed permissible.
Countless friends have added their touch to the room. I have been sent amazing objects from all over the world — tokens of love which contribute to the quirky and cozy tranquility I have been repeatedly told that my refuge exudes.
Some of the objects that are the most precious to me are drawings done by dear friends, as well as dolls and a variety of beautiful crafts.
Also close to my heart are the numerous photographs I have accumulated over the years, especially those that were taken during Harry Potter conventions: they capture moments of immense happiness.
I think of the room as a collage of sorts, a work of art, a sanctuary. I love arranging objects in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and finding ways to cram yet more of them in every nook and cranny. I love jars, and bugs, and memento mori… I love things that belong to a more genteel age: quills, ink wells, hourglasses, Oriental carpets.
I hope my little odditorium delighted you as much as it has delighted me and all whom I have had the good fortune of welcoming here!