You may know that the last of the Harry Potter movies, Deathly Hallows 2, is soon to be released in the US.  I’ve decided to go see it with one of my sons and his family.  He has five children, four of them in school.  I was at their house the other day, and we talked about their preparations for seeing the movie.  They are very excited to go.  Not only that, in preparation they have been watching all the previous seven Harry Potter films.  I could hardly imagine doing such a thing. 

In talking to them about these movies, it became quickly obvious that they were very well acquainted with the characters, almost like good friends.  If I hadn’t known better I might have thought that Hogwarts, the Wizard’s school, was only a few miles away and some of them had been students there.  After the conversation had gone on awhile longer, I almost wondered if Hagrid was going to come walking through the door any minute.  He’d have to bend way over, of course!  As day turned to evening, darkness began spreading into the corners of the room.  Even though conversations moved on to other topics, I have to admit that I might have looked once into the shadows to make sure that the evil Lord Voldemort wasn’t lurking there.

When we returned home, we were armed with six DVD’s each in turn titled “Harry Potter and ….”  We’d have all seven DVD’s, but the grandkids haven’t seen the rerun of Deathly Hallows Part 1, yet.  So we’re on our own on that one.  I’m not sure we’ll watch them all, but last night we watched the first one, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”  I marveled again at the remarkable imagination of J.K. Rowling. 

Today, I’ve wondered which is best, being the creator like Rowling or having our imagination activated by a good work of fiction?

Edison said, “Inventors must be poets so they will have imagination.”  So, maybe it’s the creator who wins out. 

But, Steve Jobs reminds us that, “There’s a phrase in Buddhism, ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It’s wonderful to have a beginner’s mind.”  So, maybe readers and viewers, like my grandkids, are the ultimate winners, because reading these works can ignite their beginner’s mind. 

In any event, you may want to see this final Harry Potter movie, it could open your “beginner’s mind.”  Or, you may want to sit down and pretend for a moment you are JK Rowling and begin writing the novel you’ve always intended to write.  I guarantee such activities will stir your inventor’s imagination.  And then, who knows what you’ll invent or write.