J is for…

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

I couldn’t resist having a Harry Potter Quote.  The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are some of my all time favorite books.  My H post for last year was about my love for Harry Potter, and like many I have so many good memories of the times when the new books (and then movies) were being released.  *wistful sigh* 

This quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is just so beautiful, but also so eye opening for her readers about the character of Snape.  I love how Rowling worked in this whole side to a character we thought we knew. With the revelations in this book, we see the depth and previously hidden interior of a character.

I have seen it said that to be a better writer, you need to be a better reader. I enjoyed the Harry Potter books for the pure joy of reading them, of course, but also as a writer examining Rowling’s craft. I read an article “Five Writing Tips From Reading Harry Potter” a few years ago, and have read others since, with examples of Rowling’s skills at plotting, world building and character development. 

But of course her books are more than a class on good writing. They are about courage, friendship and love. 

What is a favorite Harry Potter scene of yours? A favorite line? What did Harry Potter mean to you? Let me know in the commentsπŸ˜€

Then I will see you on Monday for K.

Have a nice weekend! 

13 thoughts on “J is for…

  1. Ah, the quote you picked is one of my favorite moments in the series. So much happens in that short scene: your sympathy for Snape grows immensely, you spend a few moments wondering how everything could have been different in Snape and Lily had gotten together (and you wonder why they didn’t), you feel a little resentment towards James for being so mean to someone who continously wanted what he couldn’t have….Rowling does so much with just a few lines of dialogue.

    I love Harry Potter. There’s something just so down-to-earth and yet so above-average about it. It’s a perfect blend of some of the most readable, entertaining fantasy out there coupled with some of the best writing produced in the past couple of decades.

    I think one of my favorite lines is when Hermione tells Ron he has the emotional range of a teaspoon. It’s funny and true and a fantastic one-liner!

  2. I can’t pick a fave line, but JK’s writing is just sublime. And I read the books first, but the movies do such a good job of bringing her work to life. Such great British actors snapping off crisp lines.

  3. My eldest daughter is the same age as HP–I loved reading the books to my kids, but pretty soon their reading skills surpassed their desire to be read to, so I sadly did not keep up. I think they are one of the greatest contributions to literacy going, however–my daughter has read each volume at least seven times–and has read some of them in Russian too!

    Nice visiting you on the A-Z:


    1. Wow, now that is impressive! I’ve read them all a lot, but only in English. I read them to my kids, but so far they haven’t read them on their own. My 9 year old is a pretty good reader but hasn’t tackled it yet. I look forward to when they do. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the visit!

  4. The entire series was amazing. But there was so much more than just the initial joy of the magic. The actual complexity of all the content – the imagination, character development etc. was/is mind-boggling – at least to me. I think, often, how did she manage it? But when it – whether you call it muse or flow or divine connection is “on” – then, with the work of showing up and getting it done, it often just comes together so well.

    I have the series – and I adore them. I’ve read and re-read and I honestly couldn’t pick out just one favourite scene or line or quote; there are far too many. The same applies for the screen adaptations.

    As for Snape’s character – I knew well before that he wasn’t “nasty nasty” we were being led to believe – and frankly, Snape was my favourite character of all – of course, there is something to be said about the way Alan Rickman interpreted the character πŸ™‚

    1. Oh Alan Rickman was really amazing. The casting as a whole though was just terrific. The kids couldn’t have been more perfect, but the range of British talent in the adults is remarkable! Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter & Ralph Fiennes! Such a good series of books & the movies did not disappoint! Thanks for the visit & the comments! πŸ˜€

  5. Visiting new blogs during the #Challenge is full of surprises. I aways start with other writers (WR) and on to Gardening. Love your quote theme. One of the great things about Pinterest is I finally have a board to pin quotations on so I don’t loose them. when April is over I will return to my category of a quote on Mondays. Thank you for all the hard work it takes to participate. Great job.

  6. My favorite line in the series. I don’t know what about hearing that word, ‘always’, but it touches my heart. And this in this instance, it made me cry. Still does.


    1. I love it sooooooo much πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ I love the thing I have seen, and I don’t know if accurate, of Alan Rickman saying in response to whether he will read Harry Potter – he said Always! πŸ˜€

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