#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – A is for Alohomora!


The magical world of Harry Potter was something that I first read in my school days. I remember seeing it at my school library and pouncing on it before another classmate, not realizing that the book I took was the third in a series – The Prisoner of Azkaban. But nonetheless, I got hooked to it and in the next three weeks, I had finished reading not just that book but the first two as well.

Being a bookworm, one of the first things that I loved reading about in the book was the list of books that Harry (and other students of Hogwarts) had to buy. I’m sure any fan of the series would remember Harry Potter being given his letter from Hogwarts by Hagrid, and the second leaf of that letter having a list of things he had to buy. In that list is Miranda Goshawk’s The Standard Book of Spells Grade 1. That’s the first time we hear of spells, because Hagrid doesn’t mutter an incantation to give Dudley his pig tail.

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One spell, though it’s not the first one I read about in the series, was particularly interesting. That was the spell to open a locked door – Alohomora. Even then, I could imagine the possibilities if it was real, particularly given that my parents used to lock the chocolates my cousin got from the UK inside the closet. The first time it is used in the world of Harry Potter books is by Hermione (no surprise) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, who uses the charm to open a locked door. If she had known that the banned third floor corridor with was on the other side of the door or that that corridor had a three headed dog, she might have not used it. Fans might remember the spell from the movie series better, when Ron runs across to the door in the room of keys and tries to open the door to the next room (the chess set).

Doors can be made Alohomora-proof. The door to Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office was made Alohomora-proof because of which Harry had to find another way inside (in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). The doors to Professor Snape’s office and store are also mentioned as being Alohomora proof. The doors in the challenging magical protection for the Philosopher’s Stone are also alohomora proof, as I mentioned earlier. The possibility of this makes me wonder why Dumbledore didn’t go to the trouble of having the door to the third-floor corridor made Alohomora-proof though. Then again, that’s the key scene where we discover the secret trapdoor and such, so possibly, it was important to the story and the whole series that the door to the corridor remained unsealed. Good on JK Rowling, eh?

Most spells have a counter spell or an opposite spell. The opposite spell to Alohomora is, as far as I remember, used just once in the entire series. The spell is used in the fifth book (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) by Hermione (once again). The spell seals an open door and keeps it locked unless Alohomora is used. The spell is called Colloportus.

It’s quite fun re-reading the Harry Potter books or even watching the movies as I write for this April A to Z challenge. The books opened a door to a magical childhood, and I’ve not looked back since. If you haven’t tried them, I urge you to try. Buy a book, open it, take a breath and read it. Let that magic open for you as it did for me. Alohomora!

How fast time seems to fly by. I remember taking part in the first ever April A to Z Challenge, where for the month of April (except for Sundays) we write on themes around the 26 alphabets. This year marks the 7th Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my 7th as well. I’ve successfully completed 4 of the 6 years before, so hoping for a fabulous 5th year of blogging success. You can go here if you want to know more about what the challenge is. My theme this year is ‘The World of Harry Potter’.

(© 1st April 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

58 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – A is for Alohomora!”

  1. Love your theme for the challenge, Vinay! Re-reading all Harry Potter books at one go is my goal this year and your posts this April will push me to check this goal much earlier now. A great start to the challenge!

    • I hope you do re-read them at one go, and I think I will too. 🙂 Not for the challenge month, but after it. Glad you liked the post and I hope I can make the great start into consistency, SG. 😀

  2. As magical as this challenge could ever get! A great beginning. I only hope my posts could at least match half of what you have written.

    Thank you, Leo, for deciding to bring back the magic of Harry Potter once again 🙂

  3. Maybe Dumbledore didn’t make it Alohomora proof as Fluffy was guarding it? Maybe he knew that even if someone did get in, getting out in one piece wouldn’t be a piece of cake 😉 Love your theme btw!
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  4. It’s going to be a fun month it seems! 🙂
    I only wish I could flick my wand and A for ‘Accio’ you here 😛

  5. You are blogging about my favorite theme Leo 😀 Awesome! It’s possible that Quirrell had unlocked the door and disabled whatever charm Dumbledore had put on it and hence Harry and others were able to open the trapdoor easily. Just a thought. But your post was thought provoking. Waiting for tomorrow’s post now.

    • Harry Potter and the world the series brings with it, that has a very prominent and strong part in my memories too, Raji. 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the post. 😀

    • Never too late to start reading a book, Parul. 🙂 You might like it. 😀 You’ll get just an inkling from my posts, I think. Better something than nothing at all, but still… 😉 🙄

  6. Leo…Ah…you brought back the beauty of Harry Potter….which was almost lost in the chaos of life..!! But reading this I realize, it wasnt lost….it was just resting deep within..!! I always enjoyed reading Harry more than watching…and today, I am most happiest to read Mr. Potter once again….but from a different but favorite pen..!!

    Looking forward Leo..!!

    Here’s mine: http://dilmainhainpyar.blogspot.in/2016/04/atozchallenge-day-1-a-long-wait.html

    All plans to complete this year’s challenge..!!

  7. If you ask me what are the spells I remember from HP, the first thing that will come our of my mouth is Alohomora! 🙂 What a brilliant post. I do not remember the counter spell though. I’m re-reading HP series since last Monday. Just on with the third book now. Not bad, eh? And I agree, such nice memories re-reading them! You rocked it, V! 🙂
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  8. Wow! This is such a wonderful theme Leo. I can’t wait to read more of these posts. Feel like you are going to break down chapters of HP series and kindle those little snippets scattered around in my brain. I look forward to this.
    All the best buddy!

  9. Ahh…you’ve recreated the magic Vinay. Glad you took up this theme. My entire family is Potter-crazy…..my son has written down his own book of spells! Will be back for more….cheers 🙂

  10. I’ve been reading the harry potter books in these past weeks too… re-reading the same book mostly.. re-reading a few parts.. !! Loved the theme since I am only a similar HP reading binge.. 🙂
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  11. Alohomora!
    I confess I haven’t read about the Colloportus spell 🙁
    Anyways, coming back to the reason why Prof Dumbledore didn’t anti-Alohomora that trapdoor- there were already enough safety measures provided, don’t you think?
    I’m so happy I’m reading a Harry Potter theme, because last year, I was the one writing it 😀
    All the best for the challenge. You’ve won a dedicated follower!
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    • Colloportus is a spell that Hermione uses in the Department of Mysteries, Mithila. 🙂 It’s the Locking Spell.

      Yeah. True. 🙂 I suppose he didn’t think adult wizards could get past those measures, let alone three first year students. 😀

      Glad to be writing on it, and to have a fellow Potterhead as a dedicated follower. Thank you.

  12. You know Leo, you have actually made me wantto come backto reading..my reading habits have gone down the drain..quite literally!But don’t get me wrong, I have loads of books ..I like hoarding I guess..hehe. But, seriously..I need to refresh Harry Potter -both movies and books!! Beginning ASAP!
    Thank You!Thank You!

    • Good. Coming back to reading is very good indeed. 🙂 Hope you refresh your memories of the magical world soon, Mithe. And really happy to see you here. 😀

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