“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
These words are displayed on my bedroom wall for me to see every day. Every time I read them I am reminded of how true they are. Words can transport us to other worlds. They can make connections between people. They can lead to understanding. They can lead to happiness. Of course, they can also lead to confusion and sadness, but isn’t that magical too, in a way?
The ability for two or more people to share thoughts and ideas is magic. They don’t even need to be in the same place. Like right now. We are participating in the magic. I wrote this post one evening while sitting in my dorm. You are reading it now, sitting in many possible locations at many possible times. We are communicating across time and space, sharing the idea of the magic of words.
This reminds me of one of my favorite passages in Stephen King’s book On Writing. He explains that writing is telepathy. He uses the example of transmitting the idea of a rabbit in a cage on a table with an 8 on its back. The reader receives the message and there has been a meeting of the minds. They have shared the idea of the same rabbit with the same 8 on its back. My paraphrase of this does not do the idea justice so I encourage you to read it in the book. Actually, I encourage you to read the whole book because it is wonderful.
Whether you call it telepathy or magic, the ability to share ideas between two people who have never met and never spoken is an amazing opportunity.
What is your favorite example of the magic of words?