I considered titling this post: "She Weighs the Same as a Duck (Because She's Made of Wood)." But that set the nerd coefficient of this post into the red zone.
However, I still wanted to share one of this weekend's epiphanies:
MARY POPPINS IS A WITCH.
It's obvious, once you look at it from a post-Rowling perspective.
- She flies with an enchanted umbrella.
- She makes the room clean itself.
- Hermione even had a bag like hers, one that held all of her oversized stuff.
And it's obvious that she learned all that at Hogwarts, right?
And Burt's a wizard. Don't tell me that all chimney-sweeps/one-man-bands/street artists can make chalk drawings that people can hang out in for a day.
Why didn't I see it before? I knew she was magical, but...
I think it's because Julie Andrews played her as such a Glinda in the movie. I heard that the author of the original book cried at the premiere--they'd ruined her character. So now I have to read the original P.L. Travers book, just to know for sure. If I were still in school, I'd consider writing a term paper comparing/contrasting the magical worlds of Harry Potter and Mary Poppins.
Geez, even the names look similar. I bet this idea haunts you for the rest of the day. I know it will haunt me.
Oh, and today starts the Great Library Challenge. As I wrote yesterday, from now until midnight Friday, I'll donate $1 to my local library for each comment you folks make (1 per person, per day), and double it for people listed as followers (sign up by clicking "follow" at the top or on the right).
Say whatever you want. "I love libraries" is fine.
If my four-year-old could type, he'd comment that "Mary Poppins is NOT a witch!" He's said it several times since my aforementioned epiphany. I accidentally may have ruined a childhood classic for him.
There are a bunch of bloggers participating in this; click here to see the list of sites. A few quick comments can help a lot of libraries.