What a beautiful place to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend.”

As Dobby lay dying in the arms of Harry, we learnt important lessons in friendship and sacrifice from the fiercely loyal house-elf that J.K. Rowling had planted in her magical world.It is indeed a beautiful time to be with friends, but this lockdown has made it rather difficult for us to visit our closest buddies. However, you can always turn to literature and movies to spend some quality time with your fictional friends. Or better still start a virtual books and movie club with your buddies.From the golden trio in the classic ‘Harry Potterseries, to the epic tale of friendship and sisterhood inLittle Women, we take a look at some of the timeless tales of friendship we can turn to for the upcoming Friendship Day.

Friends for the road
'There is no greater desert or wilderness than to be without true friends.' Hear master storyteller Ruskin Bond talk about love, friendship and family in A little book of friendship. From his own observations, recorded over the years in his diaries, to famous sayings by celebrated writers, poets and philosophers, this is a delightful compilation of thoughts told with the heartwarming simplicity that characterizes Ruskin Bond, this book, much like a good friend, is one you can turn to at any time, for comfort and company.

Friends who will never leave your side
A love affair gone terribly wrong? Got passed up for a promotion? Or simply having a low day? There are those friends who will see you through the darkest days in your life, and ask for nothing in return. Just like these ‘four unapologetically flawed women live, love, blunder and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and tequila in millennial Mumbai’. Four More Shots Please is the story of these four girls who meet almost everyday after work to discuss problems with the office or relationships, while downing shots at a bar.

Long-distance friendships that pick up where you left off
When Lena, Tabitha, Bridget and Carmen separate for the summer, they don’t quite keep in touch, except for their ritual of passing around a single pair of jeans that fits them all and apparently brings good luck. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a delightful story of friendship that can pick up right where it left off. While the four women lead their separate lives with challenges of their own, when they are reunited again, it is almost like they never left.

Four legged furry friends
If you claim you did not shed a tear or two while watching movies like Marley & Me and Hachi, you are lying. The adorable friendship that blooms between humans and their four legged friends, is heart-warming to watch, and makes these movies a top pick to revisit during Friendship Day.

In conclusion, no matter which kind of friends you have, they all have one thing in common, they make you super happy. Gift your friend (or yourself) an Amazon Kindle or a Prime Video membership this friendship day, and together you will continue to discover wonderful tales of friendship and love in literature and media.