I told Simon about Harry Potter. I don’t remember exactly how it started. Something about how the funniest thing in the world would be if the train could move from one place to another. So I told him about how in Harry Potter, the staircases could move, even when people were on them. He laughed and laughed and laughed. So I told him about how in Harry Potter, people in pictures could move and wave at people outside the picture. And boy was that hilarious. We went on from there: chess pieces attack each other, cars fly, people travel through fireplaces, people can turn into animals . . . it was all pretty funny.
And now the boy is an expert. He’ll go on and on about Harry Potter. About how there is a man who is taller than everyone (which he learned from the girl at Child Watch at the Y), about how when people travel in fireplaces, they get sucked up and disappear, about how “there is a man that tried to do a magic thing but it would always explode.” (I’m not sure what that last one is . . . he heard it from someone else. Maybe he is talking about Hagrid again.)
He hasn’t read the books or seen the movies, and I assume it will be years before he does, but it’s kind of fun to pique his interest and to talk about it with him, if only just a little bit.