rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
It took me eight years to notice the following echo:

Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Sorcerer's Philosopher's Stone: "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."

Peter Pan, in Peter and Wendy: "To die will be an awfully big adventure."

That moment of near-quotation has to be intentional. What purpose does it serve for Rowling to take the perception of death from Barrie and use it as, arguably, one of the linchpins of the Harry Potter series? Discuss!

ETA: Google confirms that I am not the first to see the similarity. I'm relieved, actually, as it's too obvious for people not to have seen it all this time.

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