We've all got a few choice phrases memorized from Harry Potter — but one superfan can recite every word of the Harry Potter series. All. Seven. Books. Australian Rebecca Sharrock knows the entire series off by heart — all 1,084,170 words of them.
I imagine there's never a dull moment for this lucky woman, as she can recite Harry Potter to herself to stay entertained on the bus, or in long grocery lines, or in boring meetings at work... What a life!
27-year-old Sharrock is one of just 79 people in the entire world to have what's known as a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, which means that she can remember, well, basically everything that ever happens to her. She first made headlines with her Harry Potter talent back in 2015, when she appeared on the Australian TV show 60 minutes and recited the whole of Chapter 17 from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 'The Man with Two Faces.'
Albus Dumbledore once said, "I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind." Now, I can barely even remember where my kitchen is, so I have to say that No, Dumbledore, I do *not* know that feeling — but I'm sure Sharrock does.
Recently, Sharrock's been making waves all over again after she wrote a blog post about her memories of being a newborn baby. Rebecca remembers being just 12 days old, and feeling curious about the steering wheel in her parents' car. She remembers looking out of her crib at her toys; she remembers the itchy dress she wore on her first birthday; she remembers when she first started having dreams at 18 months; and she remembers not understanding that those dreams weren't real life. All of that should be impossible — and yet Rebecca remembers.
In the blog post, Sharrock explains the pitfalls of her incredible memory. All of us have had experiences we'd rather forget, and yet Sharrock's powerful memory forces her to relive them constantly and emotionally. That's got to be hard — but at least she always has Harry Potter to cheer her up.