She watched him, sitting quietly in the corner, a book in front of him, lost in his imagination. She willed him to look up, to notice her. They were kindred spirits, him and she. Every day she saw him in the library. They were both lonely lovers of books, seeking the fulfilment of magical stories, the wholeness of the perfect tale to fall in love with, the perfect character to obsess over.

She approached. ‘We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided..’

‘Harry Potter sucks.’ He got up and left.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

I never got Harry Potter, or the obsession with it, but many continue to love it! The girl’s greeting is a quote from the books. Expecto Patronum is a spell that uses a happy memory to conjure something positive. Or something.

85 responses to “EXPECTO PATRONUM”

  1. Hari OM
    LOL – nice one! I did, eventually, get around to reading them all, but as a devotee of both Tolkein and Pratchett, I found so much that was ’emulative’ (that is being gentle) about the first book I nearly didn’t persevere. YAM xx

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  2. Oh how could he!!!
    He could have just said bye or not interested…
    (I think HP deserves that hype. Especially the books. And especially if you are on of those (like me) who grew up reading these books!)

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  3. You built the anticipation nicely, and then punctured my lovely romantic balloon, making me grin. Nice story, Iain
    PS I don’t ‘get’ Harry Potter either, although it’s done a massive amount to bring kids to be avid readers.

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  4. Ah, things not jelling one bit with this pair then. Perhaps like your MC – and definitely like some others here – I can’t compare JK’s work with the glorious other-worldly imagination of Pratchett.

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  5. So she’ll be more careful about judging people by what she’s longing to find. I’ve had my life nearly ruined so many times by someone imposing their expectations on me that I’m afraid I have no sympathy for her. On the other hand, he really didn’t need to be so rude about it, so she’s better off. Very thought-provoking, especially judging by some of the reactions you got.

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    • It was intended as humorous rather than a thought-provoker, but yes, it has provoked some interesting replies, depending on which side of the Potter debate you sit on!


      • It’s interesting that rather than laughing, so many of us had memories of misguided expectations or disappointment. You struck a nerve, I think, without meaning to. But yes, a lot of the disappointments were related to friends and loved ones who just don’t get HP! 😀

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  6. My daughter read Harry Potter and my son didn’t but enjoyed having them read to him by his Dad doing various voices. I think they’re a good read but suffer from hype – they are only books!!! These two library loners might just have got on if they’d got past the books!

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    • Yes, I agree, I think the over hype is part of the problem, and a fanatical fan base that won’t see past some flaws or that other books exist out there that might be better!

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  7. That was fun. Poor kid though, and she went to so much trouble to pick out a good quote.
    I used to be a huge HP fan, but didn’t like the later books. There’s a lot of fun and imagination in there, but also bullying, prejudice and classism of an unexpected kind. And the conclusion was simply awful, IMO.

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  8. You can’t judge a book by its… Hmm…

    I found Harry Potter entertaining, but not obsession-worthy. Outside Tolkien and Martin, I’m not a big fan of fantasy and magic.

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