It's Teachers' Day here in India and my blog is threatening to go into a slump. So here's an impromptu bit about my favourite fictional teacher.
A few months ago a bunch of teachers voted Dumbledore their favourite teacher in fiction, and it made me wonder why. We never really knew him as a teacher in the strictest classroom sense. Dumbledore made a great mentor, but I think for a man of his strength, he could have dealt with Riddle better. If I had to choose from the Wizarding world, my vote would be with Remus Lupin. He encouraged every student to participate in class, made his classes interesting, clearly loved his subject and quit when it made sense to. Plus, he believed encounters with Dementors = getting bars of chocolate, and only that is enough to make him the coolest teacher at Hogwarts.
The Boggart in the Wardrobe: I hate this movie for cutting out so many great plot lines, but they made this well.
Now to the real point of this post: tooting my own horn. Way back in July (or was it even before that?) I finally dared to submit a short story to a couple of online magazines. Drum-roll, please... It was bought by a quarterly ezine called NewMyths.com and, here comes the good part - it is out now!
Here's wishing you hop on over to the site and read my story, The Dew Eagle, and the other fiction in their latest issue. I don't know what thrills me more, the fact that my story is out or that it is so beautifully illustrated for the cover. Anyway, I would love some feedback.
Till then, would you vote for Dumbledore too? Who is your favourite teacher in fiction?