It is time for me to come clean. I love the Harry Potter series. Love the books, love the movies. For me, the fact that J.K. Rowling is awesome is not to be disputed. I know there are flaws and I know you probably will want to argue with me, but you will never change my mind.
The little things Rowling puts in the text are just the best, which makes the Harry Potter series worth more than one reread. Here is a good example that just came to my attention thanks to @ArryPottah on Twitter:
The first time Snape speaks to Harry, he says, “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”.
During the Victorian era, each flower type had a specific meaning when a flower was given. Asphodel is a member of the lily family and to give some an asphodel meant “My regrets will follow you to the grave”. Wormwood meant “absence; bitter sorrow”. Thus, Rowling was actually having Snape say to Harry “I bitterly regret Lily’s death.”
While the meaning of asphodel, I believe, is a little stretched to fit the situation (as far as I know asphodel simply symbolizes regret), the statement does still have a deeper meaning to the character. It seems so simple but I think details like that add so much to a story.
8 thoughts on “J.K. Rowling is awesome”
Harry Potter is full of subliminal messages… I wonder if Rowling really did it on purpose. If she didn’t, then wow.
I think she did do it on purpose. She has said in interviews that she knew the whole story, especially Snape’s roll, from the beginning, so she would be able to work these details in. I can’t imagine how large the Harry Potter universe is in her head.
Wow! That’s awesome! What an amazing hidden detail. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to have to pass this one on. 🙂
J.K. Rowling is always worth passing on!
WOW. I had no idea about that.
And I’ll agree – that series is absolutely spectacular. I’ve re-read most of them several times (usually skip the first couple when re-reading). Love them.
That chapter in Deathly Hallows about Snape? I bawl like a BABY every time I read it.
Snape is the best. It just shifts your whole idea of him. He is one of the reasons I went back to reread all the books. I actually read the first one in Children’s Lit class. Why do you skip the first couple when you reread?
It really does, and it’s definitely a different reading through them again after you know and paying more attention to what’s said, etc.
I don’t know what it is about the first couple, but I just didn’t like them as much. I actually didn’t read all of them for a long time after reading the first.
I’m just glad I picked them back up.