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  • 5th July
    2012
  • 05
Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene
Most of my favorite scenes are the “big reveal” of the book or series, in which we learn dramatically what’s really been going on. This scene is no exception, so if you don’t want Harry Potter spoilers, see you tomorrow.

"You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?"
"Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?"
"Lately, only those whom I could not save," said Snape. He stood up. "You have used me."
"Meaning?"
"I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter—"
"But this is touching, Severus," said Dumbledore seriously. "Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?"
"For him?" shouted Snape. "Expecto Patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.

Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene

Most of my favorite scenes are the “big reveal” of the book or series, in which we learn dramatically what’s really been going on. This scene is no exception, so if you don’t want Harry Potter spoilers, see you tomorrow.

"You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?"

"Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?"

"Lately, only those whom I could not save," said Snape. He stood up. "You have used me."

"Meaning?"

"I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter—"

"But this is touching, Severus," said Dumbledore seriously. "Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?"

"For him?" shouted Snape. "Expecto Patronum!

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

"After all this time?"

"Always," said Snape.

  • 25th June
    2012
  • 25
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
Although she’s not the only one of the three main characters of the series written by JK Rowling (it is, after all, named for Harry Potter), I think I’d get along well with Hermione Granger. She understands the need for an extensive book collection; she’s also imaginative and sensible and courageous and kind. She does seem like the jealous type, though.

Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry

Although she’s not the only one of the three main characters of the series written by JK Rowling (it is, after all, named for Harry Potter), I think I’d get along well with Hermione Granger. She understands the need for an extensive book collection; she’s also imaginative and sensible and courageous and kind. She does seem like the jealous type, though.

  • 22nd June
    2012
  • 22
Day 11: Book from your favorite author
Even though it won’t come out until later this year, I can confidently predict that The Casual Vacancy is likely to sell more copies than your average novel about parish-council politics in a small English town. After all, there are tens of millions of adults who grew up with J.K. Rowling’s… other books.
I don’t really have a favorite author, though. That sort of thing is best left to the monogamists and the monotheists. I adore J.K. Rowling, and also Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry and John Green and the Holy Trinity of Annes: Anne Fadiman, Annie Dillard, and Anne Lamott. I can’t imagine my life as it is without the influence of Douglas Adams and Orson Scott Card and Richard Bach and Munro Leaf and Shel Silverstein and Donald J. Sobol and Clifford B. Hicks and and and and.

Day 11: Book from your favorite author

Even though it won’t come out until later this year, I can confidently predict that The Casual Vacancy is likely to sell more copies than your average novel about parish-council politics in a small English town. After all, there are tens of millions of adults who grew up with J.K. Rowling’s… other books.

I don’t really have a favorite author, though. That sort of thing is best left to the monogamists and the monotheists. I adore J.K. Rowling, and also Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry and John Green and the Holy Trinity of Annes: Anne Fadiman, Annie Dillard, and Anne Lamott. I can’t imagine my life as it is without the influence of Douglas Adams and Orson Scott Card and Richard Bach and Munro Leaf and Shel Silverstein and Donald J. Sobol and Clifford B. Hicks and and and and.

  • 30th July
    2011
  • 30

Dumbledore’s Army is real. What’s your role in the DA?

It’s the birthday of JKR, of Harry, of Pottermore, and now of Dumbledore’s Army. For real, as of right now. You’re in if you want to be in.

One thing, though: You have to do something to make the world better, brighter, truer to the spirit of Lily and James and all those who died. It doesn’t have to be now, but you should get started. It could take your whole life long.

So: what will you do in the name of Dumbledore’s Army?