I was doing some research on movies and feminism this morning when a book title caught my attention. It’s by JK Rowling, no less, and it’s called “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” According to Amazon.com, it’s going to be released on December 4.
Indeed, for the millions of Harry Potter fans like myself, it’s something to look forward to! (I hope I can persuade my brother Ogie to buy me one, in the spirit of Christmas. )
Another thing that excited me about the book is its title, particularly the word BARD. What a coincidence that just after I’ve renamed my blog to Bard and Brain (as suggested by my Sweetie), I’d find that a book from a phenomenal author also carries the word Bard in its title. Already I’m projecting that my hits stats would climb dramatically, especially when the book’s released! Hahaha. (Oh, friends. Just let me be. Come on, my stats just went down to zero, from almost hitting the 10,000 mark, because of the changes I made. So it doesn’t hurt if my blog get some hits from that book, eh?)
Anyway, Bard means ‘lyric poet’. According to Wikipedia, a bard “was one of a caste of poets and scholars of medieval and early modern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall.”
There are other definitions of the word, and I can’t wait to find out which definition JK Rowling used in the book.
But before we move on to this new book by JK Rowling, why don’t we sit down once again and talk about her hit book, Harry Potter?
Let me start by posting some of the best quotes in the book…
“The truth… is a beautiful and terrible thing, and therefore should be treated with caution…” —Albus Dumbledore“
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, just as much to stand up to our friends.” —Albus Dumbledore
“It is our choices… that show what we are, far more than our abilities.” —Albus Dumbledore
“The best of us must sometimes eat our words.” —Albus Dumbledore
“You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no….anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just exist. As an empty shell.” —Remus Lupin
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” —Sirius Black
“Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity.” —Albus Dumbledore
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” —Albus Dumbledore
“You place too much importance on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be! —Albus Dumbledore
“It is my belief… that the truth is generally preferable to lies.” —Albus Dumbledore
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” —Albus Dumbledore
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” —Albus Dumbledore
“The mind is not a book to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.” —Severus Snape
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” —Albus Dumbledore
“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” Albus Dumbledore
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” —Albus Dumbledore
“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish… but battle on.” — Albus Dumbledore.
“People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. — Albus Dumbledore.
Ron: “He [Dumbledore] must have known I’d run out on you.”
Harry: “No, he must have known you’d always want to come back.”
And here’s a confession:
I am in love with the school headmaster. Yes, I love Albus Dumbledore. Even after reading JK Rowling’s revelation that he was gay. I don’t mind at all. And I love him more when his mistakes were revealed at the last book. It goes to show he was just human. Besides, what’s more important is the humility he had to accept that he had made some mistakes. I guess, it takes a great deal of security on oneself and humility for a man of his stature to accept and confess his mistakes. I deeply respect him.
What do you love (or hate) about Harry Potter? What do you suppose JK Rowling’s book would be like?