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If I could switch places with any book character, it’d be Bailey Clarke from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.
People read books to escape, to imagine themselves in another world or just to tune out the real one for a while. While some people wish that fictional characters were real, I wish that I could go into their worlds, to witness the imagery that I only see in my head with my own eyes, to meet these heroes and misunderstood characters in person.
Bailey Clarke is one of the main heroes of Morgenstern’s book. The timeline of his narrative crosses over the other heroes’ until they meet together in the climax. Bailey isn’t one of the main magicians or performers of the circus — instead, he’s a young man who just falls in love with the circus itself. Just like the readers, he becomes entranced with the magic and becomes pivotal in helping to rescue the circus. His journey to save the circus also saves himself, as he finds where he truly belongs in the world and what he is meant to do.
There are, of course, plenty of other literary characters that I would love to switch places with — Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Aech from Ready Player One, Bilbo Baggins or Éowyn from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — but I believe Bailey Clarke fits me best. To see the wonder of the Night Circus, to figure out the purpose of my life, to find and keep a beloved ring of family and friends…
I wouldn’t mind being Bailey Clarke in Morgenstern’s world.
What about you? Any certain characters that you wouldn’t mind trading places with?
The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling is easily one of my favorite series. The series gifts sheer magic, both literal and metaphorical, to the readers no matter what page we’re on. While there are few characters I actively dislike (well, there is Umbridge, but while she was made for us to dislike, I can appreciate her as a character), my absolute favorites were the Weasley twins, Fred and George.
The Weasley family were one of the first magical characters that we meet, and Fred and George immediately introduce themselves to the readers with humorous quips, teasing their mother about mixing them up and promising their sister a Hogwarts toilet seat. Their humor and strong family bonds were what initially drew me to them as characters, and I always got excited whenever they passed by on the pages of the books.
Their loyalty and ambition soon bumped them up my list of favorite characters. They’ve always believed in and supported Harry throughout the series, welcoming him into their home along with the rest of their family, joining Dumbledore’s Army, and even taking off in a flying car with their younger brother to rescue Harry from his aunt and uncle in the second book. Their penchant for pranking came from genuinely wanting to make others laugh and be happy, even during the wizarding world’s darkest times. They never entertained the thought of purebloods being above the rest of the wizarding world and stuck by their friends for who they were.
Even if there were characters who weren’t thrilled with their pranks, the inventions these guys came up with were genius, testifying to their intelligence. I was definitely impressed with their development leading to the pair of them opening up their own business. Their personalities lead me to believe that they could have easily fit into any of the other houses if they weren’t in Gryffindor. Can you imagine Slytherin having these goofballs?
Perhaps my favorite aspect of these two characters is their inability to give a crap what anyone else thought of their dreams. They whole-heartedly pursued opening their own business, despite others around them trying to convince the pair that it was risky, that they should stay in school, that they should get a more traditional job. As someone who has been in a similar situation, I definitely appreciate it more now than I did when I first read the books.
It’s always enjoyable to return to the Harry Potter series and see the Weasley twins gracing the pages with their wit, humor, and inspiration.