I remember hearing this line in the movie and it was a total eye-opener for me. It made me think of how words are our source of magic if they are not magic themselves. Let’s decipher this one sentence by the great wizard that is Albus Dumbledore from the popular book-turned-movie franchise Harry Potter.
I’ve always been a bookworm and this is why I believe words are magic. Simply reading black scribbles on a piece of paper can make me transport into a different city, country, world or even a whole different universe. It did wonders for my imagination. I think this is why I never found the need to do drugs – reading gets me high enough. Haha!
I don’t judge people who smoke weed, I just don’t agree when most of them say that it’s essential to one’s creative process. Isn’t it more impressive when an artist does not have to rely on substance in order to create? Wait, this blog post isn’t about drugs. I just thought I’d open up the discussion because someone on Instagram said I looked stoned in one of my pictures and I noticed that people have offered me marijuana, cocaine, wari, and more. If I look like I do drugs, I’m sorry but you’re mistaken. I’m not a square, it’s just my choice. Anyway, now that we have that out of the way… Back to words and magic!
It is not abracadabra, it is not alakazam – your everyday words are the ones that make a difference. Think before you speak. Don’t forget to say please and thank you. Say sorry and mean it. These words are all very powerful.
I just finished re-watching all three Lord of the Rings movies and I’m still in awe. All those magical creatures in one story. It made me think of the men and how they had no magic powers. They only had words and swords. Notice how you can’t spell swords without words? KALURKY. This must be why people think I do drugs. Hahaha.
That’s why I love my dad’s song Pen and Ink in which he uses a famous quote coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. The pen is mightier than the sword.
Can you imagine a leader using his sword to bully his men to ride to battle? His men may follow but only out of fear. And you do not want cowards in your army. But a leader’s words – they are what matter. Those beautiful speeches in Lord of the Rings, wow. To me, the words are more powerful than all the magic in the story. Here are my favorite speeches from the men of the trilogy (note: I watched all extended versions):
“Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” – Aragorn to his army
“This city was once a jewel of our kingdom. A place of light and beauty and music – and so it shall be once more! Let the armies of Mordor know this: never again will the land of my people fall into enemy hands! The city of Osgiliath has been reclaimed for Gondor! For Gondor! For Gondor!” – Boromir to his people
“We shall have peace… We shall have peace, when you answer for the burning of the Westfold, and the children that lie dead there! We shall have peace, when the lives of the soldiers whose bodies were hewn even as they died against the gates of the Hornberg, are avenged! When you hang from a gibbit for the sport of your own crows! We shall have peace. ” – Theoden to Saruman
Always remember that your words can lead people to fight for the good of all mankind or brainwash them with lies leading to your and your people’s extinction. Do not let stupidity and ignorance get in the way of your cause. I aspire to inspire. What do you say?