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Horcruxes & The Deathly Hallows October 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Spirit & Ego, Writing & Writers.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wonder how J.K. Rowling felt when she first started dreaming up Harry, Hagrid, Hermione, Voldemort, Dumbledore and Snape.

Did the story and characters arise in her consciousness fully formed?

Or did she have to tease them out, bit by bit . . . like a Seeker looking for the Golden Snitch in Quidditch?

I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the moment.

Harry and friends are hot on the trail of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.

In each hidden Horcrux, Voldemort stored a portion of his soul . . . in a futile and misguided attempt to gain immortality.

In delving into the mystery of Andalib Marks, it struck me that fiction writers do something in the same vein as Voldemort to ensure their immortality.

They create stories and characters out of thin cloth and create a tapestry to share with their readers ~ hoping to draw us into the story and cause “real emotions” to surface based on a fictional and fabricated life of their creation.

Must make them feel powerful when they succeed, eh?

When we are drawn into a plotline, we are puppets being manipulated by a master storyteller.  What a heady sensation that must be for the puppeteer!

Here’s the plotline as I see it:

* The writer who created Andalib caused her to go missing last February.

* After she disappeared, he waited patiently in the cyber corridor to see what response and emotion her disappearance would create in readers.

* Eventually his patience was rewarded.  Readers began wondering about Andi.  They started worrying, conjecturing about what had happened to her.

* Rather than wasting time in idle worry, I chose to “wait in the cyber garden, listening for the whisper of a Nightingale’s wings to signal Andi’s return.”  If the writer read my post, he may have been frustrated with my rather unemotional response to a beloved character’s disappearance.

* Six months later, Andi returned.  This time, the writer did not want his plotline foiled by calm reason.  He wanted to create certainty that Andi would not be returning.  So he caused her to die in a car accident.

Wikipedia ~ Quidditch (Fair Use)

* Again, he waited in the wings for the wails of loss to emerge from readers’ lips.

* Instead, one after another of Andi’s readers came forward to say . . . “I’m not sure that she ever really existed.”

Must have been disheartening.

Seeking immortality through our words is as elusive as the Golden Snitch, eh?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ~ E.L. Doctorow  (borrowed from Rik at Uphill Writing)

What say you?

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