Days of our Lives!

July 30, 2007

Thank You Rowling!

Filed under: Books,Top Draws — Santhosh @ 2:22 PM

For creating a world where the mundane and the monumental, the humble and the magical, the ordinary and the surreal coexist. A world so minutely imagined in its characters and history and rituals and rules that it qualifies as an alternate universe, a universe that has spawned such a passionate following and such fervent exegesis.

For creating a boy forced to ponder the equation between fraternity and independence, free will and fate, and to come to terms with his own frailties and those of others. A green eyed child who walked into Hogwarts as an innocent 11 year old and forced to bear the burden of his destiny as a leader, longing for a life that could have been, coping with the expectations and duties of his role, transforming from disillusionment and doubt to clarity and destiny, from Prince Hal into Henry V, from young Wart into King Arthur. A boy who often wishes he were not the de facto leader of the Resistance movement shouldering terrifying responsibilities, but an ordinary teenage boy free to romance Ginny and hang out with his friends.

For creating characters so simple and complex, some lovable and others detestable in equal measure. Friends who stand by each other, families that sacrifice for one another, servants who serve for fear and love, teachers who love and are loved for being what they are. For reminding us that heroes can rise from all places – from families torn apart, from friends turned foes, from disillusioned old women, from gregarious young men, from the wives and daughters and sisters whose husbands, fathers, and brothers were tortured and murdered. For showing us that love and jealousy always come together, that it is possible for remorse and pardon even in the face of betrayal and death, that fear can only fight but love can conquer.

For reminding us that it is important to fight, even when hope seems to be lost. That good must always struggle; that one needs to go on, one needs to move on. That life need not always be all laughter and frivolity nor tragedy and death; that little moments can be cherished; that good byes aren’t necessarily permanent and memories are the most precious that can be left behind or taken forward. That it is neither talent nor predisposition but it is choice that matters the most. But above all, that love endures.

Thank You Rowling.

ps: Worked on from the NYT review for HP7.



  1. Hi pounced on your blog from your visit to my orkut profile. Cool work. I’m a huge fan of JKR! At hostel we discuss enough to write a thesis about her work 😉

    Comment by Life Rocks!!! — August 2, 2007 @ 6:41 AM | Reply

  2. Thank you Rowling for getting so many young mind to discover the magic of reading, who one day i’m sure will end up nothing more than bunch of people who’ll never get over watching “friends”, insist that ‘My best friends Wedding’ is THE greatest love story of any time and still listen to ‘smoke on the water’ even when they’re 45.Now compare that with the kid who reads Lemony Snicket, now there’s a genius in making.

    Comment by swamy — August 3, 2007 @ 2:00 AM | Reply

  3. @life rocks,yea, you. and then a few million others 🙂

    Comment by santhosh — August 15, 2007 @ 11:23 PM | Reply

  4. @swamy,scratching my head on whether you are a Potter fan, or not.:)

    Comment by santhosh — August 15, 2007 @ 11:24 PM | Reply

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