Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Harry Potter Characters at Liberty University

During my four years at Liberty, there were many professors that I admired and respected a great deal. Also, as it was at Liberty that I first read Harry Potter books 1-4, I ended up having two of these professors often in mind. When I'm reading, I usually have a very specific picture of a character in my mind (This is one reason movies are so often a disappointment. My Snape has a goatee darn it!) But for two of the characters in the Harry Potter world, my mind immediately found premade images that have stuck with me ever since. As often as I read the Harry Potter books, Dr. Fink and Mr. Leverett will always be in my head playing the parts of Moody and Lupin.

Dr. Fink

(aka Alistair Moody)

Mr. Leverett

(aka Remus Lupin)


Erica said…
Snape can have a goatee. Lupin isn't supposed to have a mustache though!
But at least Mr. Leverett's mustache doesn't look like a small furry creature living on his upper lip :-)
Xindaeltal said…
This just makes sense.

You went blog happy, didn't you?