Tale Weaver Prompt – Dickens Writes from Hogwarts.


My Dear Edward,

My son I am taking a well-earned break from Our Mutual Friend to accept an invitation to visit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

My old friend Albus Dumbledore has extended to me a chance to visit with him at his fine school.

And oh my but what a vivid and unusual world this is. You would be so intrigued by what I have seen.

I am feeling very much out of my depth in this world of magic and mayhem.

Before arriving at the school Albus took me go on a tour of London as it is in their time. My oh my, but the cold and bleak world in which we lived has paled somewhat. I found Diagon Alley somewhat similar to the hustle and bustle of my London but a more relatable location was Knockturn Alley where the dirt and darkness, the grit and grime of our world was much more evident.

My first night at the school was the annual intake of new students who come from all sorts of backgrounds; the poor are represented, as are the rich and wealthy.

This particular evening there was a buzz of excitement around the school as rumours of a very famous student abounded.

In a massive hall students and teachers gathered for the welcome and evening meal. I was so taken by the ceiling which gave the illusion of a clear sky but that failed into insignificance when Dumbledore clapped his hands the feast, of every imaginable delight appeared in front of me.

In this world magic is a way of life. It manifests in so many ways, spells, potions, shape shifters, mythical creatures are there for all to see and the mail, you will find this funny but hard to believe is delivered by individual owls the property of their respective owners.

My visit ended with a meeting with a delightful young man, Harry Potter who has the most unfortunate scar on his forehead. I did worry as how he will cope in life with such an affliction.

I left the world of Hogwarts on the 7th Instant arriving back home in the most extraordinary way but I may make that tale the substance of a future correspondence to you. Needless to say I am happy to once again pick up my pen and disappear into the world of Our Mutual Friend, which I fear my be a rather long tale.

Your affectionate Father

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/dickens-and-khan-tale-weaver-prompt/

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21 Responses to Tale Weaver Prompt – Dickens Writes from Hogwarts.

  1. mandy smith says:

    Love this, Michael. I can see you fitting in at Hogwarts, weave in a little magic of your own!

  2. Jen says:

    Hey, these prompts are to trigger your imagination – so if your muse says “send Dickens to Hogwarts” then so be it! I think it is wonderful — a wonderful flavor of Dickens — and revisiting a tale from new eyes. Haven’t read “Our Mutual Friend” yet but will certainly do so now.

    Thank you for accepting this challenge — another wonderful write, Michael. 🙂

    • Our Mutual Friend is a very long novel. Thank you Jen I did struggle with this so you achieved your goal of challenging me well and truly.

      • Jen says:

        Yes, long indeed! I found it for Kindle and downloaded the free version … we shall see how it goes. The description and bits of analysis made it sound quite interesting. 😉

        Glad to have provided the challenge. I really like that “Seventh Sanctum” site because it provides directions I never would have considered.

      • The BBC made a great TV series based on the novel.
        Your challenges are a hard act to follow.

      • Jen says:

        You and Phylor will be AWESOME — you will bring so much more than I could bring. I just KNOW it. 🙂

        Did I tell you how grateful I am?
        And excited?

        Will have to find that BBC series. I’m sure *they* stuck to the plot closer than any American movie company would have, LOL.

    • mj6969 says:

      I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much your efforts at hosting this prompt have been appreciated Jen – very well done! 😀

  3. Lyn says:

    I think Mr. Dickens would fit right in at Hogwarts 🙂

  4. Prajakta says:

    The child and adult in me both applaud… What a wonderful perspective Michael! An unfortunate affliction indeed it was 🙂

  5. mj6969 says:

    I enjoyed this tale very much – and although I have only just read the prompt – and even though you may not feel like you met its challenge, like the others, I would say, you came, you thought, you wrote! And a wonderful tale as such – fascinating – so bravo and well done Michael 🙂

    And I share Jen’s sentiments – you and Phylor will make excellent hosts of the prompt! And a hearty round of applause to Jen for filling in and keeping us interested, challenged and entertained! 😀

  6. RoSy says:

    I really liked this. It’s like you really tore of a page from the writer’s journal or came across an old letter.

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