Harry Potter and the …

There will be a sequel to the last Harry Potter. Haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet but I know it for sure. And the title will be:

Harry Potter and the Feeling of Emptiness.

It happens to me over and over again. A good story, a magnificent tale, a dark saga, a well-written novel or a good movie take me in. And I become so absorbed into the fictional that, when back in reality, I bring with me the feeling of loss and a certain emptiness. Also the wish to remain in the fictional world…
…in the realm of fiction a man can still be a hero (and a woman a heroine, of course), easy distinctions are possible (good and evil, e.g.), no decision is ever wrong, love is truer than anywhere else and so on and so forth. It would be a nice place to live, anyway. Be it Hogwarts, Middle Earth or a place called Lönneberga, I certainly would like to stay there.

This is not possible, however, and therefore, again and again, I am confronted with the agonizing feeling that reality is enduring and you can just escape it momentarily.

But, after all, it MUST be that way:

‘(…) the intellectual’s* provisional home is the domain of an exigent, resistant, intransigent art into which, alas, one can neither retreat nor search for solutions. But only in that precarious exilic realm can one first truly grasp the difficulty of what cannot be grasped and then go forth to try anyway.’ (Edward W. Said: Humanism and Democratic Criticism, p. 144).**

Alright then, let’s go and try. I’m off. See you soon!

Before I forget: thank you to all who gave me their birthday wishes and to all who joined our little party. THANK YOU!!

*Although I am not really an intellectual, I would certainly like to become one. Perhaps later in life.

**As it happens, somebody much cleverer than I had a similar thought and expressed it much more clearly and precisely than I ever could. Happens that way. Just happened again: It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote: ‘(…)to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.’ (Ralph W. Emerson: Self-Reliance, p. 2)