This Behind-the-Scenes 'Harry Potter' Photo Will Ruin Your Childhood Forever

You can't unsee this.

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For those of us who have spent the past 10 years memorizing spells and potion ingredients, magic is real. Okay? Don't argue.

And within the Warner Bros.-constructed walls of Hogwarts, the magic of the books was brought to life in the form of ever-changing staircases, secret Basilisk-ridden chambers that erupt from bathroom sinks, and, of course, a library with self-storing books.

Well now, thanks to Imgur, the magic has died. My soul has been crushed. And every dream you've ever had is a lie.

Remember this classic scene from The Half-Blood Prince?

Just look:

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Apparently on set, they didn't even use the magic of CGI to make those flying books. Instead, creepy green-screen hands just reached out from behind shelves to grab them, while simultaneously destroying the delicately crafted image of Hogwarts that once lived in my brain.


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Kelsey Stiegman

Kelsey is's fashion expert and resident Harry Potter nerd. At the office, she spends her day writing about style, beauty, and literally every move Kylie Jenner makes. On the weekends, you can find her sifting through vintage shops and hunting for the perfect burger. Follow her on Instagram at @klstieg.