Favorite Lines from Literature

I am starting a new weekly feature: favorite lines from literature. Each week, I will post my favorite lines, where they are from and what I find so amazing about them. Here is the first one:

One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: ‘To Harry Potter–the boy who lived!’

Wow…is there a greater chapter ending line in all of literature? This line from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for you Brits) comes from the end of Chapter 1-The Boy Who Lived. While I love J.K Rowling’s entire introduction to this wonderful story, the above line has always stuck with me. It puts the story in perspective. We barely know Harry at this point and yet we are rooting for him. We are rooting for this assuming baby who has no idea of the great destiny that lies before him.

And yet, in a way, this line tells the future. When Rowling started writing the Harry Potter series in the 1990’s, she had no idea how popular it would be. She had no idea that she would be famous, that her incredible story about love, magic and friendship would touch the hearts and souls of millions of people the world over. She couldn’t predict that fans would attend the midnight release parties for the books and praise Harry’s name. This line really works for Rowling’s life as well as Harry’s.

Sometimes, I found myself just reading that final paragraph. It puts a smile on my face and helps me remember all the wonderful times I spent with Harry and how he will always be The Boy Who Lived.


6 thoughts on “Favorite Lines from Literature

  1. I TOTALLY agree. That end to the first chapter of the first book of Harry Potter is amazing! It has us cheering for and relating to someone we don’t know at all. and then if we go back and read the story again later…knowing how it all ends…it is even more powerful. 🙂

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