30 Day Book Challenge: Book That Contains Your Favorite Scene
The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
I do not think I can eloquently explain my love for the Harry Potter books, but I shall try.
JK Rowling has, like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis before her, created a fantasy world that is so well-thought out, so painstakingly detailed that it truly seems like a real world.
She has created characters that readers have seen grow and change and mature. Characters who are complex – who are not white and black, right and wrong, good people and death eaters, but who are capable of both good and evil and the ability to make the choice between the two.
In short, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Colin, Seamus, Ginny, Fred and George feel less like characters in a book and more like friends. Typing that makes me feel like the world’s biggest nerd, but if you’ve read the books, you know what I mean.
Now this blog post is supposed to be about the book (singular) that contains my favorite scene (singular), but the truth is, every part is my favorite. Even the epilogue.
From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
“It doesn’t mean defeating death in the way the Death Eaters mean it, Harry,” said Hermione, her voice gentle. “It means… you know… living beyond death. Living after death.” But they were not living, Harry thought: they were gone. The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents’ mouldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing. And tears came before he could stop them, boiling hot and then instantly freezing on his face, and what was the point in wiping them off, or pretending? He let them fall, his lips pressed hard together, looking down at the thick snow hiding from his eyes the place where the last of Lily and James lay, bones now, surely, or dust, not knowing or caring that their living son stood so near, his heart still beating, alive because of their sacrifice and close to wishing, at this moment, that he was sleeping under the snow with them.
- [Chapter 16 – Godric’s Hollow]
Luna had decorated her bedroom ceiling with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville. They were not moving as the portraits at Hogwarts moved, but there was a certain magic about them all the same; Harry thought they breathed. What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends…friends…friends…friends… Harry felt a great rush of affection for Luna.
- [Chapter 21 – The Tale of Three Brothers]
“That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children’s tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. They all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped.”
- [Chapter 35 – King’s Cross]
The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.
- [Epilogue: Nineteen Years Later]
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