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Disobliging Habit Of Time

Disobliging Habit Of Time

It was a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.

— Harry observes this as he dreads the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (GF19)

Commentary

This is an expertly-crafted transition by J.K. Rowling.  Without outright stating that, during this period of time, nothing happened that the reader needs to know about in detail, she skips to the next important moment and also states a dreadfully poignant observation about the human condition.

--AK

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Tags: anxiety dread fear observations panic Rowling's writing time worry

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