Saturday, July 31, 2010

The last day of July for us...

... the First Day of Life for a few others.

Autumn People are readers, and our libraries tend to be weighty in the dark, mysterious fantasy categories. Our library here at the Skull & Pumpkin is well-stocked with such things.

And, any Hallowe'en, fantasy and magic lover is not only familiar (get it?) with the Harry Potter books and films, but is likely an admiring fan (if not an obsessed devotee). One doesn't, however, have to be a big fan to agree (because there's really no debating the matter) that Rowling's creations have permanently impacted the publishing, literary and fantasy worlds, and forever affected the way kids (and plenty of grown-ups!) read and look at the world around them.

Today, we're going to be raising a glass to the birthday of not one, but of the two most important figures in the Potter universe.

J. K. Rowling is celebrating her 45th birthday.
A remarkably quiet, kind, funny and imaginative person who, whether by sheer luck or her own utterly unique magic, became the Tolkien of the 21st Century.
I'm fairly certain it was a perfect blend of both.

And, probably because she enjoyed July 31st all her life (or simply because the idea was a fun one), she bestowed the same birthday upon her main literary creation.

Harry James Potter was born on July 31st, 1980 to Lily (nee Evans) and James Potter.

Yes, that makes him 30 years old today. You know, if he was real.

Regardless, we raise a glass to them both, for bringing us such great adventures, philosophy lessons, and ultimately just pure, simple joy.

DDSP 2 J.K. N' H.P.!!!

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