Revisiting favorites | Harry Potter librarian, Dec. 4, 2012

Continuing my “Summer of Nostalgia” blog tour and revisiting past favorites on this blog… we are rounding out favorites from 2012! In this post from Dec. 2012, “Harry Potter and Madam Pince,” I reread the entire Harry Potter series and took note of how the librarian, Madam Pince, is depicted in each book.

I’ll have to revisit this post and see if it needs updating, after I read the newest title, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in the series. (The 8th book in the series will be released on July 31, and the play version opens on July 30.)

Once again, I’ll pause while you read the original post…😉

Screenshot from a favorite post on Reel Librarians

Screenshot from a favorite post on Reel Librarians

When I went back through all of my posts to choose personal favorites for this blog tour, I didn’t even think about the new book in the Harry Potter series and how the timing worked out! (As you have probably noticed, I started at the beginning, in 2011, and have been going through past favorites in chronological order.) But it is amazing how the timing has worked out perfectly for revisiting this post!

Why this post?

This post is one of my favorites because, once again, I was able to branch out a bit and explore a reel librarian character whose origins began in print. The character appears onscreen in only one of the films, 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but Madam Pince appears in all but two books in the series.

New thoughts?

This is also an example of how time-consuming one post can be to put together. I had had the idea for ages, but it took me awhile to reread all those Harry Potter books (of course, that time was well spent). I remember when going back through the books, I would put little post-it markers on the pages whenever I came across a mention of Madam Pince. (I also put different-colored post-its when the library was mentioned, but no mention of the librarian herself.) And then it took time to retype those passages, and make sure I had the correct page numbers, etc.

Going back and rereading my post, I appreciate the time that I did take, as it turned out to be a very helpful and informative post, and a fun one to reread. Filtering out all the passages that focus on Madam Pince really highlights how effectively (and consistently) J. K. Rowling depicted her, even in short passages, with verbs like “stalked,” “chivvy,” “prowled,” “swooping down,” and descriptions like “the irritable, vulture-like librarian” and “her shriveled face contorted with rage.” It is NOT a flattering portrayal of a librarian, but it is a memorable one.

Reel Librarians screenshot

Reel Librarians screenshot

I had also forgotten that the last mention of Madame Pince, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has her standing beside Filch at Dumbledore’s funeral. And just a quick search on Google does reveal results for fan fiction pairing those two characters together!

Rereading this post also made me think about how the library at Hogwarts is much more prevalent in the books, as well as in the films, and how much the library itself becomes a character. Especially the Restricted Section! For me, that links back to an idea commented on in my “Heard but not seen” post. So many connections… 🙂


I’ll be back next week to revisit another Reel Librarians favorite!

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