Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nargles, Wrackspurts and Blibbering Humdingers.

When you think about your favourite novel, where do you really start? There are so many books that can be called memorable, that make you nostalgic of the time when you loved them. There are so many books that you'll love even years later only because you loved them years ago. I remember when I was a kid and there was nothing more imaginative and creative than Enid Blyton's stories. I also remember the countless Famous Fives and Five Find-Outers that I read. Back then, I couldn't have imagined better books.


It's hard to pick the most memorable book. Right from my childhood favourite, A Book of Brownies by Enid Blyton, to the books I read in my 'I-Worship-Ayn-Rand' phase, to the book I last read, Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter; it can be any of these! And it's also hard to pick my oldest, most favourite book. But it's only hard; not impossible.
Harry Potter. Yes, I am treating it like one whole book, one whole story. There's nothing I have read, till date, that is more amazing, and more memorable than this book. It's a classic, or it will be. If I think about it, some of my best memories are about this book or because of this book or even while reading this book.
I can think of a hundred reasons why I love this book, and they are all so obvious! It's interesting, it's fun, but more than anything - it's different. Don't tell me it's not; don't tell me it's a copy of some book, don't tell me Dumbledore's exactly like Gandalf, only Gandalf's better. That's not why I call it different. No, I've read a lot of fantasy. But Harry Potter is realistic. It is believable. It's an alternate world, yes, but it is not some outrageously different world. It's actually pretty much like our own world, with magic in it. I think that makes it much, much better than most of the fantasy books I have read. There is an explanation for everything. It's funny! Take mountaineering accidents, for example; who knew they were actually giants attacking people?! (Book 5 - Hagrid's Tale). It makes you wonder if such things actually exist: not actually wonder, just consider the possibility. The feeling of "who knows?!", that's what I love the most about this book.
And there's the way she writes, the quick wit, the stereotypical characters that you'll find in every "Muggle" school as well (every class has a Hermione, a Luna, and an irritating pair of Lavender and Parvati), the adventure, the mystery, the way every piece fits - how all the books are interconnected, it seems as though she thought of all seven books together; it's one whole story with seven books as seven chapters and Quidditch - who can think of anything more wonderful than Quidditch! Like I said, there are a hundred reasons.
So, when I say my favourite book is Harry Potter I think of reading the first book and falling hopelessly in love with it; endlessly talking about the books in school; the amazing Harry Potter quizzes and games and competitions; saying Lumos to put on lights(everyone does that!) or muttering Silencio when someone just won't stop talking; waiting for the next book to release and dying to be the first one to read it so I could tell my friends the suspense; discussing what house we'd be in at Hogwarts; sitting in a boring Chemistry class wondering how helpful a Nosebleed Nougat would be right then; wishing I had Extendable Ears during vivas; forcing my father to read the book and seeing him get as hooked on it as me! I think many, many of the funnest moments in my life wouldn't have happened if this book wasn't there!
If you haven't read/don't like Harry Potter, I have to say, you are really missing out on a lot.

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5 comments:

Shal said...

Ok, you keep making me say it...BEST BLOG EVER!

Obsessivemom said...

Oh so you're a HP fan too... shake hands on that one. It's amazing isn't it how someone can have such a creative imgination? JK Rowling is awesome. And Quidditch.. the whole concept is amazing.. I was pregnant with my twins and on bed rest when the last book came out.. I called the bookstore and booked a copy to be mailed to me... I'm soooo happy Harry lives on.. I'm thriving on the hope of a sequel series. And now I think I should stop before I manage to do a post in your comments ... :-)

Priya said...

I completely agree - most of the books I read secretly even during exams, without telling my mum and dad!!
Though the only way I want a sequel series is if Rowling writes it. All the fan fiction just irritates me to no end!!

Raksha Bhat said...

:)Add me on to the HP fan list...this was something which happened with me too...I had finished The Order Of Phoenix in less than a day..and my Mom wondered if I was writing any exam on the Potter series:)
Lovely post Priya..you made my day:)

Priya said...

Thanks! Wow, less than a day huh? Took me two; then again I had to share it with my sister!!

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