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23 Things You Only Understand If "Harry Potter" Is How You Made Your Friends

Mischief management requires a squad.

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1. There's that crucial, charged moment after someone asks if you're into Harry Potter where you have to gauge how much they're really ready for.

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2. And you know exactly the questions to ask to figure out just how compatible your fandoms are.

"So...how do you feel about Snape's relationship to Lily Evans?"
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"So...how do you feel about Snape's relationship to Lily Evans?"

3. Once they've passed the test, you go from lone obsessed fan to beautiful fan community.

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4. It's like sharing a hometown, but somehow deeper.

5. You can trigger a waterfall of emotions in your BFF with a simple word or phrase.

"George aged alone."
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"George aged alone."

6. Because they're the only ones who truly understand that some days you gotta spend sobbing over an underrated character.

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7. You know what it's like to mourn a fictional character as if they were someone in your family.

It's real pain, OK?
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It's real pain, OK?

8. Together you've developed ways to take Harry Potter with you as you've aged. For example: Drinking games.

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9. And Harry Potter is one of the most powerful gateway drugs we have – so you know they'll geek out with you about a thousand other things as well.

10. You have had many (MANY) in-depth, hours-long conversations about which Hogwarts houses you'd be in.

11. And you have a practiced ~look~ for people who butt in with "You're still talking about this?"

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12. After all, one of your favorite pastimes is sorting every character in every television show.

13. You know the ups and downs of devoting so much energy to loving something, and you've applied that to your friendship.

14. Of course, that also means you've seen the fandom at its absolute best – and absolute worst.

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15. They embrace your inner trash and you embrace theirs.

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16. There are few people more practiced at keeping a poker face in public.

17. You're also expert at shooting knowing glances from across the room that communicate that a HEARTBREAKING headcanon just came to you.

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18. You share some very important opinions about who in the series is worthy of your love and who needs to go die in a hole.

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19. But you also have an unofficial blacklist of topics you never speak of, for the good of the union.

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20. True intimacy is knowing the details of your BFF's old RPs.

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21. And there is no one else who quite understands the true tragedy of being shut out of the Wizarding world than a fellow muggle you befriended through a shared love of wizards.

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22. But even though you'll technically live in the muggle world forever, you’ll always have this massive, life-altering thing you share.

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23. And there's nothing like knowing that Harry Potter is eternal.

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