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6 Degrees of Kool Books

Posted by on April 8, 2014

Last week I stumbled upon DJ Edwardson’s Six Degrees of Kool Books. Ever hear of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? Yeah, not me. This blog series from the mastermind of DJ is based loosely on that game, but here we will connect books by characters who share similar roles, personalities, and such. You can find more information about it here.

DJ started the series off with the Hobbit.  I could not resist in jumping in, and I knew exactly who I would choose. Gandalf.

Now which character reminds me the most of Gandalf? Long white beard and hair, wears robes, wise, a wizard, helping others, and saving the world (Okay, that’s Lord of the Rings, but it still counts, right?). Of course! Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

And I am not alone in this. Websites like the Guardian explores who was the greatest between the two of them. There’s even a video about it on Youtube.

Now, I am not here to pit these two awesome characters against each other. They were characters in their own world, rising to the challenges at hand.

It is no secret that I love the Harry Potter novels. The creativity, the characters, the plot & subplots all woven together coupled with the red herrings and the battle of good and evil. Me thinks it’s time for another reread!

Dumbledore is the wise and eccentric headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and aids the young Harry Potter in the fight against evil. When Lily and James Potter die, Dumbledore places Harry with Lily’s sister, Petunia. Harry grows up as an unwanted orphan (that’s putting it lightly!) and learns he’s really a wizard. He goes off to school filled with teachers like Professor Minerva McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid. One of my favorite teachers, by the way. And then there’s Severus Snape. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read the series yet, all I have to say is that I trusted Dumbledore.

Harry teams up with Heromine Granger and Ron Weasley as he learns the ways of the wizarding world, deals with school nemesis, Draco Malfoy, and ultimately to defeat Lord Voldemort along with a whole slew of incredible characters, protagonists and antagonists alike. Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Neville Longbottom, the Weasley Twins, Gilderoy Lockhart, Bellatrix Lestrange… There are so many awesome characters to choose from, I can’t list them all, but you can hop on over to Wikipedia for a list of them. Don’t you just love their names?

So now it’s your turn. Which character would you pick? Who does that character remind you of in a different story world? If you have a blog and you’re interested in participating, visit DJ’s page to sign up.

Make sure you stop by Jenelle Schmidt’s blog. She picked Gandalf too, but she picked someone from the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. Can you guess who?

6 Responses to 6 Degrees of Kool Books

  1. sparksofember

    lol – I’d pick the Weasley twins because they remind me of Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin from Ouran High School Host Club. 😉 Besides the twins with red hair similarity, they also are full of mischief and always up to something.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh my goodness, how similar! That’s awesome. When I googled them I had to do a double take. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jenelle

    Oddly enough, Dumbledore didn’t even cross my mind. (Probably because as soon as I read DJ’s post last week my mind went completely blank for a few days… LOL I was a little worried I would not be able to overcome the brain freeze in order to continue this little blogging game we contrived).

    Love this comparison between the two of them! I trusted Dumbledore on the whole S.S. thing, as well. 🙂 I have a bit of a soft spot for tragic characters as it is, so Severus is definitely up there in my favorites.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks!

      Well, now I’m trying to consider which character to pick from The Tales of Goldstone Wood…there are soooo many good ones. And I haven’t even tried to make a comparison yet. We shall see…

      I liked how you went in and described the characters you highlighted. I’ll have to think of that next time. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. DJ Edwardson

    Well, I guess you’re not the first person to link these two famous wizards, but the similarities are so many that it’s a natural choice. I like that you also touched on the differences between them. Great post!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by. You’re right, but it was the best this tired momma brain could come up with. Ha!

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