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Spellbound Dagenham fan tells of Harry Potter obsession

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 September 2015

Cheryl Hyde dressed in her robes with her broomstick and golden snitch on the green outside her house where she plays quidditch with her Harry Potter friends.

Cheryl Hyde dressed in her robes with her broomstick and golden snitch on the green outside her house where she plays quidditch with her Harry Potter friends.

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Quidditch, robes and owl post are a daily reality for one “Potteriffic” fan, for whom the world of wizardry has cast a lifelong spell.

As a youngster, Cheryl Hyde was one of millions who devoured the best-seller books, which made household names of Harry Potter, Hedwig and Dumbledore.

But unlike most other young readers, Cheryl has translated her fascination with the magical realm into the everyday.

“I refuse to believe that the world isn’t real,” admitted the 25-year-old, who lives with her parents and younger sister in Rainham Road South, Dagenham.

“I loved the books, but the film really brought the stories to life for me.

“All the characters have different personalities but they’re all one big family, and I love to be a part of it.”

Cheryl has attended every film premiere, and on one occasion queued in the rain for 48 hours for a chance to spot the celebrities behind the characters.

“It’s ‘Potteriffic’, I can’t explain it – I’m just fascinated by it,” said Cheryl, whose bedroom features Hedwig wallpaper and framed photos of her and the stars.

“I prefer it to life itself,” added the fan, who hosted a Quidditch match in her front garden when she was 16.

“A lot of the kids at school were laughing about it but I didn’t mind - I’m a true fan.”

Cheryl, who owns Harry’s first exceptional broom, a Nimbus 2000, said the players dressed in robes and blared Quidditch music from the film as they simulated the game.

Robes are not restricted to the Quidditch pitch, either.

“I often wear robes when I’m on my way to get a Harry Potter DVD,” said the Superdrug retail assistant.

And the supremacy of the magical over the mundane does not stop there.

Cheryl’s car boasts Harry’s trademark lightning scar on the petrol cap, while a Hogwart’s graduate sticker graces the rear of the car.

Naturally, Gryffindor is her Hogwarts’ house of choice.

“I love what they stand for, they’re all very supportive of each other and so courageous,” she said.

And what about He Who Must Not Be Named?

“There’d be no story without Voldemort,” she said.

“Yes, he’s a horrible character but it just wouldn’t be Harry Potter without him.”


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