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Mumbai police tweeted a Harry Potter quote for traffic safety, and Indian Twitter is here for it

Indian Twitter loved the stunt.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Oct 28, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:03 am CDT

The Mumbai police department on Friday tweeted a traffic safety note with a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Indian Twitter couldn’t be more excited about it.

The tweet, which features a Harry Potter quote with a graphic saying, “You Don’t Always Need Deathly Hallows To Evade Death,” garnered more than 1,600 retweets and more than 5,000 likes as of Sunday, quite a jump from the regular engagement on the Twitter page. 

Jagruti Verma, a 22-year-old postgraduate student and a transport reporter in Mumbai, as well as a huge Harry Potter fan, said she loves how Mumbai police is making content relatable for a younger audience.

It makes it easier for people to come out” and share information with the police, Verma told the Daily Dot.

India has a population of 1.32 billion and has a high record of traffic deaths per year. In 2013, there were 207,551 traffic-related deaths, according to World Health Organization estimates.

The tweet comes after Mumbai police have tried to increase social media following and engagement with memes, GIFs, and sarcastic banter to cater to a younger audience. The tactics helped; in three years, their follower base climbed from 32,000 to more than 4 million. The Daily Dot has reached out to the Mumbai police department for comment.

This is not the first time Indian Harry Potter fans have made headlines. Earlier this year, after an Indian school teacher made a plea to J.K. Rowling to visit her 12-year-old student, the author sent the student and her friends autographed books, handwritten notes, and other swag.

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*First Published: Oct 28, 2018, 3:48 pm CDT