A few months ago, I came across the Wizarding World Book Club which is an extension of Pottermore. Like many other Harry Potter fans, I was filled with motivation and excitement to read the entire series again. The thought of a weekly Twitter discussion on the books sounded like a really fun thing to do.
Unfortunately for me, I fell off the bandwagon, but for many people on social media it has been a popular event. Currently, the book club is making their way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It’s not too late to join the fun. In fact, every time I scroll through the discussions, I consider it myself.
This week’s discussion revolved around a simple subject:
— Pottermore (@pottermore) December 29, 2017
While other weeks tackle big themes in the Harry Potter series. Last week’s theme about “colours” in the books, had a nice tie in from J.K. Rowling herself.
Here’s a bit of it:
Witches and wizards often reveal themselves to each other in public by wearing purple or green, often in combination. In Britain (and much of Europe) purple has an association with both royalty and religion. Purple dyes, being costly, were once worn only by those who could afford them; bishops’ rings are traditionally set with amethysts. Green has long had a supernatural connection in the UK. Superstition says that it ought to be worn with care; the fairies are supposedly possessive of it, as it is their proper colour. It ought never to be worn at weddings, due to a further association with misfortune and death. Green is the colour of much ‘Dark’ magic; of the ‘Dark Mark’, of the luminescent potion in which Voldemort conceals one of his Horcruxes, of many ‘Dark’ spells and curses, and of Slytherin house. The combination of purple and green, therefore, is suggestive of both sides of magic: the noble and the ignoble, the helpful and the destructive.