The Book Chewers have posted a new prompt for their weekly link-up:
“You’re running errands for a book character of your choice, and you’ll be picking up some books at the library for them. What books are on the list they gave you, and why did the character choose those specific books?”
I was at the library the other day and – as usual – checked out loads of books. But I really outdid myself this time, with twenty-five books. I barely managed to fit them all in my bookbag and they weighed so much that the strap of my bag broke. I found myself wishing that I had Hermione’s magic bag from Harry Potter. It wouldn’t do anything about the weight, but it expands to hold anything so at least I wouldn’t have to carry something so large and unwieldy. Take that, Doctor! Your TARDIS isn’t the only thing that’s bigger on the inside! I’m sorry – I watched about ten episodes of Doctor Who this past week.
Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes, Hermione has lots of room in that bag of hers so I’m going to modify the prompt slightly and write a list of books for “The Trio” to bring along as they travel and destroy Horcruxes. They already have The Tales of Beedle the Bard as well as spell books. What else would Harry, Ron, and Hermione read to soothe, amuse, inspire, and otherwise aid them in Deathly Hallows?
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a good choice for all three kids. Yes, Frank writes about despair and terrible times. But she also writes about finding happiness in the smallest of things when nothing seems good, and about her belief that deep down, people are good at heart. It’s just what The Trio needs to hear.
I would choose The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett for Hermione as classics seem like the sort of thing she would have read as a precocious, bookish little girl. (Ron didn’t grow up with Muggle books and I could maybe see Harry reading it if it were part of his pre-Hogwarts schooling, but ultimately Hermione would get the most out of it.) It would remind her of her childhood and the ending in which the main characters are transformed into better people from their time in the garden would make her happy.
The Way Things Work by David Macaulay is a perfect choice for Ron. It explains the mechanics of everyday machines, so he could learn more about the Muggle devices that his dad messes with and modifies. He might even use its diagrams to figure out how the Deluminator works.
The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz seems like something Harry would read. Throughout his years at Hogwarts he solves many mysteries and that’s what these books are about. Reading about the titular character’s worldwide adventures as a spy would be a good distraction from matters like the locket. It’s a very guy kind of book, so I could see Ron reading it too – after Harry told him it was good. Ron doesn’t seem like he would read a lot unless the story was about guys narrowly escaping death and getting the girl and whatnot. (Does anyone else agree?)
Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein is whimsical but because it’s dark, it’s not cutesy. That fits the mood of the Harry Potter series, doesn’t it? Harry and Hermione may have read it as small children and I think even Ron would appreciate its oddness.
Finally, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is another fine choice for all three characters. Surely, Harry could relate to Frodo’s life-changing experiences on the long, harrowing journey into Mordor. Ron and Hermione could see themselves reflected in Sam, Merry, and Pippin – the enemy would not have been defeated once and for all were it not for the sidekicks’ help! Last but not least, they would like the fantastical setting.
I just realized that the trunks in the Ministry of Magic’s cars in the fifth book (at least I think it’s the fifth book) are bigger than they appear. Also, Horace Slughorn manages to Transfigure his very large human self into a normal-sized chair. “Bigger on the inside” seems to be a recurring feature of the Wizarding world. What books would you recommend to The Trio? And do you know of anything else that’s bigger on the inside?