For some reason, I tend not to enjoy reading fantasy, even though I want to. (Same goes for science fiction, come to think of it.) But anyone who reads this site knows I love magical realism. What is it about fantasy that I can't stand, but allows me to enjoy the fantastical elements of magical realism? I'm not sure. It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly where the line between the two is drawn. Anyhow, my student made such a compelling case about Harry Potter that I pushed my fears aside and gave it a try.
I liked that Harry is a somewhat normal kid, in many ways. He has a mischievous streak. He makes mistakes. He disobeys his elders when he thinks he knows better. Snape was interesting to me, too; he hates the Potters so deeply, but that doesn't get in the way of doing the right thing. I'm looking forward to seeing how his character develops.
Is everything that comes out of Dumbledore's mouth quotable? Some of my favorites:
- "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."
- "Ah, music . . . A magic far beyond all we do here!'
- "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."