It's hard to miss the fact that Chandrika Moka loves Harry Potter.

A self-declared Slytherin, her home in the North Park suburb of San Diego is strewn with merchandise. Harry Potter posters cover the walls, an assortment of holographic Chocolate Frog cards decorate the mantle and a felt blanket is emblazoned with a serpent, House Slytherin's mascot animal.

Moka fell in love with the books as a child.

"It started when I was 12 and my mom bought me the Philosopher's Stone," she said. "It was really refreshing to read about Hermione who was a nerd, who was a bookworm and spent half her time in the library. And I was that person."

As she grew older, she began to see stronger social message in the series. The conflict between the "pure-blood" wizards and those born to both magical and non-magical parents were especially important.

"Understanding what bias is and being cast out is was a very important lesson I learned," she said.

She discusses how the series helped her find strong female role models, understand social inequality and how its inspired to take leadership in her own way.