Reveal: The opening lines to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. come in at Books & Beginnings XXII.
My daughter was quite young when I discovered these books. It was right as the third book was coming out that my mother told me of their existence. I thought my kid would enjoy them so I purchased the first book. We read it together, missing many a bedtime. My daughter insisting she get to read out loud every other chapter. The books consumed our discussions to and from school each day. Magic exploded into our lives. These books brought such joy to the next years which took my daughter to high school. And those years would have been so lean and so desperate without them. So much of my memories of raising my daughter will forever be attached to the magic J.K. Rowling wove with nothing but her words. That is the wonder of fiction. Yes, magic truly exists. If you read, you can never deny its existence again.
Up Next: I read this in university, first as an undergraduate and then in my graduate studies. I did not like this book. I despised it by the second dissection of every chapter and verse. Despite that, I doubt any one work of literature inspired my writing more. That is why this exercise in books and beginnings will conclude with this dreadful tome.
Of man’s first disobedience and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe