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?