Waiting in line for hours to collect a Harry Potter book or having ample HP merchandise may prove you’re a Potterhead, but this woman takes her love for the books to a whole other level.
26-year-old Rebecca Sharrock from Brisbane, Australia, can, surprisingly, recite every word of all the seven Harry Potter books. As a child, she spent her time memorizing the books to keep her mind occupied.
Sharrock is one of the 80 people in the world with a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which means she can remember every detail of her life. In a 60-minute video, she is tested on Chapter 17 of the first book, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." It is absolutely mind-boggling to watch her recite paragraph after paragraph of the books, while pointing out differences in dialogue between the book and movie.
“When she had nightmares as a child, to take her mind off it we got her to just start reciting Harry Potter from chapter one,” her mother Janet said.
Sharrock added: “At night, I have to sleep with the radio on and a soft light. If it’s too dark or quiet my mind just chatters away with all these memories and I can’t sleep.”
“When I relive memories, the emotions come back. So if it’s something from when I was younger it’s like my mind is an adult but my emotions are the age that I was then,” Sharrock revealed.
She can even pick up on cues from the book, which means if she is told one sentence from a paragraph, Sharrock can go on to reciting from there onwards.
Having HSAM has helped Sharrock grow tremendously as she has blossomed over the years and the rare brain condition gives her the ability to do things independently.
Check out the video above.
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