You’re A Wizard, Spencer!

In the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the character Hagrid tells the protagonist; “You’re a Wizard, Harry!” Those four words change Harry Potter’s life. He is sent to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For Spencer Moss, hearing those words would be a dream come true.

Spencer Moss, 10, of Chicago Illinois, center, wistfully glances off, dreaming of life as a wizard in the Harry Potter universe in Chicago Illinois, on Saturday morning, June 5 2021. Moss is a big fan of the Harry Potter series and enjoys to dress up as a student at Hogwarts, the fictional wizardry school. (Avery Moss / J110)

My little sister is one of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the world. She whipped through the entire book series in a few months and loved the films.

Spencer’s dream is to be a student at Hogwarts and that is what I tried to capture in this photo portrait. I used window lighting and a dark background to create a dream like hue to the photo. I wanted to incorporate soft light because I wanted a more whimsical and mysterious feel to the photo. I had Spencer holding her stuffed Hedwig pet, Harry Potter’s pet owl in the series, and I wanted the eyes of the owl to parallel those of Spencer’s to create a duality between the two worlds to which they both belong.

Spencer is clad in her Gryffindor robe and scarf, representing the house she believes she would belong to if transported into the Harry Potter universe. I hope these photos keep her imagination and creativity alive and reassure her that if the Harry Potter universe was real, she would fit right in.