More than one book:
*Harry breaks into the Water Beetle* *Thomas doesn’t take chances and bodily threatens him*
Idk Harry maybe stop breaking and entering on the boat.
Donation commission by LadyShinga for mah boyfran!
Harry must have tried to put Murph in his pocket again…
I DID A THING
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat
Happy Birthday, Harry!
Every time a character says “it’s my birthday” in any story and it’s obvious that they’re not going to get nice birthday celebrations, it doesn’t matter how much I previously liked or hated the character, I want to hug them and feed them cake.
I mean it. If the character is like “I- it’s my birthday” all nervous MY HEART WILL MELT I don’t care if they killed everybody and that’s why nobody’s coming to their party I DON’T CARE.
"He’s Black Council," I said.
"Or maybe stupid," Ebenezar countered.
I thought about it. “Not sure which is scarier.”
Ebenezar blinked at me, then snorted. “Stupid, Hoss. Every time. Only so many blackhearted villains in the world, and they only get uppity on occasion. Stupid’s everywhere, every day.”
((—Changes, by Jim Butcher))
Fool Moon, Jim Butcher.
Can I just point out that this means that Harry was attending Murph’s martial arts tournaments really early in their relationship! He mentioned that they didn’t speak as friends between Storm Front and Fool Moon, which means he was doing it—with some regularity—even before the Shadowman. I love this.
I live in a part of the country where it snows three or four months out of the year, so it’s not like I don’t need to clear my driveway and sidewalk. But a flamethrower seems kind of like overkill. Sure, you can say “This flamethrower is for SNOW ONLY and don’t burn other stuff with it,” but a man can only own a flamethrower for so long before he starts itching to throw flames.
You’re sitting on your porch in May and you see a million squirrels in your yard, and you think about your flamethrower you’re not going to be able to use until December, and you say “Just this once.” Next thing you know, you’re blasting the mailbox with hellfire and screaming at your wife IT WAS JUST JUNK MAIL, DON’T FIGHT WITH ME OUT IN THE YARD!!!
It seems as though there are at least a couple of things that both Jim Butcher and JK Rowling agree on when it comes to magic, and something a little deeper than that.
In both series’, these two things are brought up:
- The importance and power behind a Name.
- The power that Love has as a driving force on the side of Good against the greater Evil.
I’ve just (now) finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and in the very last chapter I came across two quotes from Dumbledore that made me smile, because they reminded me so much of TDF.
First: “Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
Of course, this does seem a little opposite The Dresden Files, at first glance. In TDF Harry is often cautioned to use names very wisely, especially when around certain beings (mostly nonhuman). But Harry also often mocks and makes fun of the names of beings he’s facing up against, in a sense putting down who they are. There is a lot of strength in a name in both series’, whether it be for fear or for knowledge.
Second: “Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign…to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.”
Again, it should be very easy to see the connection between this and TDF. The White Court of vampires is completely unable to even touch the skin of anyone who has felt true love.
I’m sure some people would use things like this to toss around the ‘who stole who’s idea first’ thing, or something like that. But I would rather enjoy it. I think having those two similarities in the books are beautiful, because they’re somewhat true to real life. When reading one book series and understanding something like that, you may say ‘okay, cool, he came up with this as part of this magical world of rules and facts’ but when two different series’ hold the same truth, it almost gives a kind of realism to the world that maybe wasn’t there before.
Anyway, this has been a great writing appreciation post. Sorry there isn’t more to it, but I wanted to share this with all of you, even if you had previously made the connection yourselves. I hope everyone is doing well and continues to do so. <3
I love looking at magic systems in different fictional universes, I can’t believe I’ve never thought about comparing the use of Names between these series before! Applying some principles:
What the Wizarding World would do:
What Harry Dresden would do:
In other words,
Fandom, you’re doing it right.