He said he’s got his eyes peeled for trolls, ghouls, and tall men in trench coats.
I finally found lights for Bobs eyes! I know they aren’t the right color, but it was that pink or blue. But I feel accomplished either way :)
Haha Bob doesn’t want to read Harry’s silly journals, he wants the good stuff from the grocery store bestseller shelf.
So on Monday I will part two of New Beginnings, but for now enjoy a poem from my good fried Wat about Cold Days.
In the dark and quiet hearts
A nation made of many parts
Gathered all here do await
To know a certain wizard’s fate
Winter’s kiss, a deadly game
He will not emerge the same
Light the fire, burn it down
Harry Dresden comes to town
The words are written, newly sown
Cast into the great unknown
All we have left to us is wanting
The memories of a haunting
We stand as one, all together
To brave again the stormy weather
With reaching hands and eyes ablaze
To read, at last, of colder days
This really deserves a reblog, a Dresden Files poem!
A Dresden Files fandom poem! Come and get your feels right here.
Look at me, missing alternate days. Whoops.
Less than four weeks!
This is taking forever. Well, it is less time than it would take to read the Dresden Files at 3 books per week. I mean, that’s saying something, right?
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.
Really, I’m finding the wait for Cold Days much more painful than the wait for Sherlock series 3, even if my dash is full of Sherlock all day every day.
Come on, Jim. I love the short stories but it’s been like nine months since the last book came out and I’m starting to feel the itch.
Monoc Securities - We’ll Keep an Eye on You
I’m not intentionally going monochromatic, just thought the black and grey suited the private security firm giant. Probably going to do an individual flyer for the Paranet next. Wonder how Elaine advertised…
But just one.