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Indian/Hindu James Potter headcanons

• The Potters gave James his very boring, British name because they were worried he’d be teased if they gave him an Indian name
• James worked hard to be good at quidditch, mostly because he enjoyed it, but partly to defy the stereotypes that Indian people weren’t very good at it (what with the popularity of flying carpets in the Eastern hemisphere and the Indian team’s appalling performance in the World Cup)
• The boys celebrate Diwali every year by decorating their dorm and the common room with hundreds of lanterns and after the first year the house elves help out, Mrs Potter always sends them all sweets and gifts
• One year, James set off fireworks in the great hall at dinner, McGonagall made sure it didn’t happen again
• As Holi always falls on the day of a full moon and Remus is too ill to take part, Sirius suggested bringing the powder paint with them to the shrieking shack and celebrating in their animagus forms
•The powder always clumps in their fur and sticks to the damp walls of the shack, making it actually quite a cheery place in other circumstances
• As James is bilingual in Hindi and English, he will not only swear or insult people in Hindi, but also makes most exclamations of excitement or affection in his mother tongue too
• Lily thinks this is extremely cool, James starts speaking in Hindi more often
•James is also a vegetarian Hindu and greatly missed his dad’s Mughlai cooking when confronted with the somewhat limited and flavourless vegetarian options at Hogwarts
• That is until Peter had a word with the kitchen elves and brilliant Delhi dishes like vegetable biryani and mattar paneer started appearing on the Gryffindor table

George Harrison (Photo: AP/BBC)

“He always worried and thought about how his friends were doing.” - Klaus Voormann on George Harrison, SR2 Radio Germany interview, 19 January 2004

“He cared so much for how I felt, he cared for Astrid Kirchherr. Aside from a few periods in his life, he kept old friends. He would make me presents at Christmas - an Indian carpet with animals on it, a Champ amplifier, a Fender Precision fretless bass, a T-shirt with Crazy Kraut written on it. I loved him. He was a great person. I miss him.” - Klaus Voormann, Mojo, November 2014

“He loved to make you happy, to see your expression when he showed you stuff that meant something to him, like walking in the garden and showing you a plant of which he knew the Latin name. Even in the garden, he was such an artist. It was so pretty, and he liked to share these things. He was so easy to be around, and he had this mischievous glint in his eye yet never harmful. Such a sense of humour. Once when Ringo, George and I were sitting in his garden, George said, ‘Let’s all grow old together and live in a great big house.’ I felt that’s what would happen. To wake up at Friar Park to a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake, to play with George, was magic.” - Jim Keltner, Mojo, November 2014

“[During the Dark Horse Tour] He would look you in the eyes and wanted to know, 'Do you like this? Are you having fun?’ He cared, he wondered how everyone was doing, and he wanted to know, 'Are you happy on this tour, is this fun for you? This isn’t just a job, is it?’ You see, George was never relaxed, he was a worrier, and he was often preoccupied with worry. If something was wrong, he was always thinking, 'Someone’s unhappy, what have I done wrong?’” - Andy Newmark, While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison

“Ringo always used to say George was the most social ‘recluse’ he knew. If you came to the house, there would always be people there. If he walked in the room now, he would make you smile. He had a great presence, and he was an uplifting person. He could be grumpy too, but he didn’t like people around him to be unhappy. He liked everyone to be having a good time. Otherwise it was a waste of life. People say life is too short and it is.” - Olivia Harrison, The Independent, 19 October 2005

“Love is infinite so there’s always enough to go around. George had a great deal of love for the people there [onstage at the Concert for George]. I literally mean it. He used to think about his friends a lot more than they knew. To see them come together and show that love for him, for me, knowing the other side of it, it was just perfect.” - Olivia Harrison, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 2005

“I never knew a man like him. It was as if we fell in love. His attention, his concern, his loving friendship was so strong and powerful that it encompassed your entire life. You felt comfortable and secure. […] When he died, I could not believe it. I knelt at his feet and put my hand on him, and my whole body was wracked and shaken with sorrow. […] Not him. Not George. George couldn’t die. I needed him too much. He was my cornerstone. A Friar Park visit always an option. George didn’t die. It wasn’t possible.” - Eric Idle, The Greedy Bastard Diary

“He was positive about death. I think we all had, and still have, a harder time about it than he. The last time I saw him was in Austria and he was telling me about his ill-health and was saying, ‘Look Klaus, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter. It’s life, the body’s just a shell and I’m going to be with you anyway.’ He kept soothing me instead of it being the other way round.” - Klaus Voormann, Concert for George microsite

“George was the kind of guy who wasn’t going to leave until he hugged you for five minutes and told you how much he loved you.” - Tom Petty, Rolling Stone, 17 February 2002

“See, George really treasured his friends. Mike Campbell was saying, ‘George was the only kind of friend I knew who would bring you a gift every time he saw you.’” - Tom Petty, Rolling Stone, 17 February 2002