We’re into week six of SYW’s two-parter, with Share Your World meeting the world of Harry Potter and answering Melanie’s muggle-themed queries alongside those of Roger this time with The Half-Blood Prince in mind. Check out everyone’s answers and join in.
Part I: Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions
You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete? Cleaning the oven (a nightmare), and dusting (a job that’s never done, you just quit when you can’t stop sneezing). I’ve got books everywhere and books seem to attract dust, speaking as an expert. They magnetically attract or channel streams of dust. Motes and particles from other dimensions make a time-warped, beeline to my bookshelves. I think I read something about that in the most recent Journal of Advanced Physics (or was it Psychics?).
At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase? I guess I’d go for instant darkness pellets for that moment on my eleventy-first birthday when I need to make a quick getaway. Oh wait. Wrong movie. Well, I prefer to make mine from scratch, anyway.
In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it? I am happily married to my own true love and all those around me seem perfectly content in their married or unmarried state. Anyway, you have read A Midsummer’s Night Dream, right? Let that be a warning against love potions.
You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need? On the scale of fantastical thought experiments, this one is filled with potential wizardry and raises all sorts of interesting possibilities. What if I gave it to a friend to test the depth of their friendship? Would they use it solely for themselves or would they use it to benefit the friends around them? I feel as if there is a Victor Hugo novel hiding in here somewhere.
Part II: Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions
If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Why? Nothing answers that question better than that great “Speak Your Mind” oracle: Does anyone think Twitter has made a better place? I doubt it, though we have seen the way it has exposed the clay feet of our political, entertainment and media idols including scientific and intellectual establishment experts. Has it made the world particularly worse? I think so, given the lightning spread of cancel culture and media misinformation.
Can achieving nothing make a person happy? It’s impossible for someone to achieve nothing unless she lives in a vacuum. If only by allowing an evil to continue by doing nothing or by failing to show kindness in a situation that demanded it, they achieve something though it’s to no good. Can “nothing” achievements make a person happy? It totally depends on the person.
How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them? You know by the very fact that you want to marry them, marriage being the deepest commitment two people can make towards one another.
For those of us who have watched with horror as friends and family have endured the fires on the west coast, we give thanks that those of them that have been able to get away from the fires to places of safety have done so. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them and those who have nowhere to go, that they and their homes and possessions will be safe from the fires, especially from among our blogging community, Cee Neuner.
And as always, I’m grateful for fellow bloggers who share their good humor, their talents, their energies in making this world a place worth sharing, specifically this week, encouragement from fellow creative artists and writers. Sláinte!