#bookaday – 15. Favourite fictional father

20140604-232101-84061927.jpgBlogging through June with #bookaday, and today is…

15. Favourite fictional father


What an absurdly hard question! I can’t say I’ve ever taken notice of fathers in novels – no-one to stand out as the answer to that question. There are some marvellously drawn characters – possibly the greatest ever written is in Blake Morrison’s And When Did You Last See Your Father – but that’s not quite the same thing as being a favourite father. And so, a little relucatantly – this feels rather populist, if I’m honest – I have to go with a character that I suspect twitter and wordpress will be awash with today, and that is Harry Potter’s Albus Dumbledore.

Of course, he’s not actually a father, but it’s glaring obviously that he is the father of the books, acting in many ways as Harry’s surrogate in the novels. Everyone loves Dumbledore. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why. But if I was to pick one thing it would be that masterful stroke of Rowling’s that lots of authors try for but don’t quite succeed: Dumbledore always feels like the adult who will listen to the children. He will understand, sympathise, and offer wisdom, because he hasn’t forgotten what being a child is like.


One thought on “#bookaday – 15. Favourite fictional father

  1. I don’t love Dumbledore.. haha! I still can’t get over the fact that he raised Harry for the slaughter, even though he knew Harry might not have died. He shouldn’t have left Harry out in the dark.

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