6. “Words, in my humble opinion, are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – Albus Dumbledore, Deathly Hallows
The pen is mightier than the sword, or the wand, depending on which you’d rather.
Dumbledore is preaching to the choir here, since this is an article about how the 1,084,170 words of Harry Potter have affected us so deeply that we’re still talking about them 11 years after the final book was published.
Words have the power to change us. As Dumbledore, “capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it,” as Dumbledore goes on to say. Words can make us feel intense emotions, can help us empathise with others, help us communicate, tell stories, conjure worlds or dismantle them. They are powerful and infinite.
We’re always discovering or coining new words (“mansplaining” was added to the dictionary just recently), finding new ways to communicate and define our experiences, or dreaming about experiences we haven’t yet had. Our imaginations rely on words. They are how we make sense of the world, fictional or otherwise.
After all, what keeps us reading? It’s the promise that words can transport us somewhere new, or help us make sense of where we are now. Of course words are magical.