What is it with books that is not there with movies or any other form of visual entertainment?
I believe books allow us to imagine without trapping our mental world with an image like a movie does. While reading a book, when one comes across any dialogue, it gives us the opportunity to see a deeper meaning, unlike in movies, where we(or atleast most certainly me) are too involved in the visual imagery, to notice that there could be other interpretations.
I am reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” ( Book 3).
There are two places, I totally fell in love with J.K.Rowling’s writing:
(i) There is a particular book called the “Monster book of Monsters”. This is a magical book that bites. The students are prescribed this book for their syllabus, but they are unable to open the book, as the book bites and they have all sealed the book in one way or the other (using spellotape, cello tape + imagination = spellotape!)
Hagrid, the teacher for that subject, shows the students how to open the book.”Stroke it..”, he says and the book gently opens…
My Interpretation: even the most vicious can be won over by love…It was beautiful, the way this point was subtly made…and since I am reading, I feel I have the freedom to imagine. What say?
(ii) The next scene is where the defense against the dark arts teacher is telling the Students about this thing called “boggart”. The boggart is able to assume the shape of anything one fears. For example, you fear a dead-body and face a boggart, it assumes the shape of the dead-body.
The teacher is teaching them on ways to face a boggart. He says,
“The boggart wants to scare you , so when you laugh at it. It gets confused!!”
He tells the students of a charm, that can change the form of your fear into something funny…”Ridikulus!”
My interpretation: The best way to overcome any fear is to face it, and better still, to laugh at it!
I love it when books are not preachy about virtue but scatter the stories with situations and dialogues where we can assume our own meanings!!!!