|Purslane – is this what Gillyweed might look like?|
I am reading all of the Harry Potter books this summer and my thoughts turned to gardening, as they always do.
Naturally, I am interested in the references to herbology as one of the subjects that the young wizards and witches study.
I noted today that it was mentioned in the fourth book that none other than Neville Longbottom seemed to do best in herbology. Poor Neville, slightly chunky, barely a wizard. Of course herbology is his best subject. After all, isn’t it always the slowest, clumsiest, most inept among us who seem to do well with plants and gardening?
When will this characterization of gardeners as those who aren’t really all that smart or good at anything else cease?
I would take umbrage except I know that nothing is as it really seems in the Harry Potter books and I suspect that Neville Longbottom’s plant knowledge will come in handy at some point. Plus, I have read other books, including the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters, where the herbalist, the one with the gardening knowledge, is the smartest after all, the one who figures out whodunit.
I also noted today that there was a brief mention of fairies in the fourth Harry Potter book. The fairies, which I assume were garden fairies, were hanging out around rose bushes and lighting them up. I would like to set the record straight on garden fairies at this time, and explain how they differ from wizards. First, garden fairies do not…
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we do not think it is right that Carol writes about us as though she is in the know. If there is anything written about us garden fairies, we will write it. We will set our own record straight. We are garden fairies.