This week’s prompt is: Which books would you recommend to Dumbledore?
I’m sure that Dumbledore is very well-read, both in magical and Muggle books, but I’ll give it a shot!
Grendel by John Gardner
Grendel tells the story of “the first and most terrifying monster in English literature,” Grendel from the 8th century epic poem Beowulf, from Grendel’s perspective. It is an incredible, philosophical work, and given Dumbledore’s affinity for unlikely heroes, I think he would appreciate this underdog story.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a classic, but I think it, like much else of Tolkien’s writing, is frequently overlooked because of the trilogy. I’m sure Dumbledore would love The Lord of the Rings, too, but I think he’d also get a lot of amusement from Bilbo’s rise from blundering, food-obsessed simpleton to bold, adventurous legend. And I’m sure he’d love to see how another wizard had a hand in elevating him to that point!
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
I think it would also amuse Dumbledore to learn what Muggles make of magic. Grimm’s tales are, well, grim, but Dumbledore has a high confront of evil, so I know he could tolerate a little unpleasantness. I think he would consider reading fairy tales and myths pleasurable research.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I get the feeling that Dumbledore, unlike me, enjoys a bit of a thrill, so I think he would love a thriller like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, enjoyed with some tongue-tingling lemon drops!