Monday, February 27, 2012

Ten of the best owls in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best owls in literature.

One entry on the list:
The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling [US title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]

Hedwig, a snowy owl, is given to Harry Potter on his 11th birthday by Hagrid. The (female) owl delivers messages to our hero and provides solace while he lives with the Dursleys. Rowling became increasingly owl-devoted, and gave owl companions to Ron Weasley, Percy Weasley and Malfoy.
Read about another owl on the list.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone also appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the best scars in fiction and ten of the best motorbikes in literature, and Charlie Higson's top 10 list of fantasy books for children, Justin Scroggie's top ten list of books with secret signs as well as Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs's list of well-known and beloved science fiction and fantasy novels that publishers didn't want to touch.

--Marshal Zeringue