Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Enchanting Quotes

I just finished rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I keep forgetting the merits of escapism. There's no better antidote to the heat (upper 90s yet again...aargh!) and bad news than a magical story with lots of humor and a happy ending.

What a lovely flash of recognition I got when I came across these two lines, a few pages apart, near the end of the book:
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
--Mr. Weasley to daughter Ginny

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
--Dumbledore to Harry
I remember cracking up with Boy Wonder over the first line when I read a British copy of the book aloud to him nine years ago. As noted in a previous post, the endpapers and back flap have reproductions of letters to JK Rowling from fans young and old. One from a girl "age 7 and a 1/4" says:
I loved Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. My mum loved it so much she would not let dad read any of it to me because she did not want to miss any of it as it was so exciting.
A 9-year-old girl, who read the book with her class, wrote (sic spelling):
I think all the class are enjoying it to but the only thing wrong with it is that you can't put it down.
Now to reread HP3.

1 comment:

Rebecca Burgess said...

I know how you feel about escapist lit; it's like having you own little eject button. I devoured the 7th. I tried pacing but found myself saying, "just one more chapter...ok, well, just one more...now really, there isn't much left Rebecca, you should save some, but I'll just read one more." And then it was done and I must admit I have mixed feelings about how she wrapped it up. It's the armchair quarterback in me.