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7.27.2011

these were the words i took away after seeing the final installment of the harry potter journey







words are, in my not so humble opinion,
our most inexhaustible source of magic. 

harry potter and the deathly hallows








dear j. k. rowling, 


thank you for illuminating the world. and showing us we already have all the tools to change it. 


sincerely,


your faithful reader--one whose only act of schoolgirl rebellion was to sit in the back of eighth-grade american history with the sorcerer's stone on her lap, just below her desk, hoping no one would catch her

31 comments:

s a m said...

Meg,
I once got caught in Math class in middle school with Sorcer's Stone tucked in my text book.

Might be why I am hopelessly lost when it comes to "factoring fractions" ... and why I love the printed word.

Alex said...

Harry Potter > math

becky said...

I never, ever jumped on the Potter bandwagon--I just didn't like it--didn't get it--didn't see it as, technically, very good writing. (I am going to be hated for that comment, aren't I?) But what I have appreciated throughout the entire series is how it made a GENERATION read. That--that right there, is its magic. And despite my otherwise apathetic nature towards it, it really, truly was those lines that stopped me in the film. And I kind of hoped when I saw your teasing lines on Twitter that these were the very words you meant, too.

Special Scout said...

you nailed it, friend.

i'm already working this quote into a classroom poster for this year. it must be done.

rebecca said...

so very true.

Chelsea said...

never watched/read harry potter, but i love that quote. your blog is just amazing..i always am inspired after reading just one entry, thanks for that. Also, im loving your new banner! very adorable.

Alivia said...

Well said, Meg. I fully support reading HP at any time. Love your personal story of sneaking it in 8th grade :)

J.LaB said...

I believe I got caught doing the very same thing in almost all of my classes at one point in time. Well except for history, but I'm a history nerd.

stephanie said...

That was one of my favorite lines as well :)

lindsay b. said...

I love the wise words Rowling sneaks in. Such wise wizards in the HP world.

homeseed said...

ohhhh how i love these books/stories/characters/j.k. rowling.

Collections said...

Ugh reading this post makes me want to cry all over again. I've just sort of moved on from the realization that its all over. Although I like what she said at the England premier of the movies... something to the effect that hogwarts will always be there for everyone. I like to think of it that way. My favorite part of the stories is the underlying theme of love and how important it is in our lives whether it be friends, family or relationships.

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ALFIE said...

i couldn't agree more.

a beautiful image.

each word. magic.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

this gave me chills.

have i told you i'm naming all my children after HP characters? that may or may not totally happen...time will tell.

dull boy said...

shit meg, that stone sounds like it took over your mind and forced you to push the boundaries of acceptable behaviour...

Autumn said...

I laughed at Sam's comment....because I was caught reading a book in math class too. I would like to say that is why I entirely stink at math, but I don't think it will fly haha.

Brittan said...

sigh. beautiful.

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

that was me in sixth grade french! i was reading prisoner of azkaban (under the desk, of course) when i met who would become one of my best friends to this day. she still likes to remind me how she sat next to me and said hi and i was like "uh, i'm reading harry potter right now".

and, to jenni austria germany up there- i'm totally naming one of my future girls hermione!!

Brissa said...

it's true. j.k. is wonderful and the world she created is incredible. i can't get over it. and that was me today. a 21 year old sitting in the back of her history of theatre class reading the sorcerer's stone wishing (again) for her hogwarts letter to come.

laurrdunn said...

i did this same thing all throughout school...read them each 3-4 times. so so so so good. and i love the movies just as much. love that you used this quote. <3

Jessica said...

I was the same girl. I owe some grand memories to the Potter series. Summer nights having my mom read to us. I love Harry Potter.

Jasmine said...

I'm gonna miss it so much, thanks J.K.

Devika said...

This is the perfect tribute. Lovely.

Sara L. said...

This is wonderful!
I've been meaning to catch the story of her writing the books on Lifetime, I've heard it's really good.

She wrote the last chapter of the final book before the first book was even finished!!

Jeneric Generation said...

JK Rowling's words certainly are magical. And profitable. But seriously, what a beautiful statement! I want to read all the books again right now.

tinajo said...

I love Harry Potter - will miss looking forward to new books and movies. Just saw the last one and it was just as I expected and hoped. :-)

nikki said...

I completely agree

the soft soled said...

I secretly read in class too! While everyone else was sneaking off campus or drinking in the bathrooms, the one 'rebellious' thing I did was put novels in my textbooks and read while the teacher lectured. yeah I was cool... Glad to hear I wasn't the only one!

The Rookie said...

I did something between a sigh and a gasp at that moment. Wasn't it beautiful? It was; it was so very beautiful.

Julie said...

The most worthy rebellious act I have ever heard of.

Betsy said...

HP is beautiful in every way.