Tonight is the rare occurrence of a supermoon, the biggest moon in 70 years. In honor of this phenomenon of epic proportions, we have put together a short list of our favourite larger-than-life characters. Whether they are super-human or super-sized, they are anything but superfluous to us.
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Hagrid: Perhaps the most obvious entry on this list, Hagrid has always been one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter books. His selfless love and care for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, as well as for Hogwarts itself, made him the beating heart of those books.
Sherlock Holmes: Nobody likes a smart-aleck, expect for Sherlock Holmes. For some reason the charm of this cocaine addicted, introverted Brit has captured the heart of the modern public. Detective novels, shows, and movies owe quite the debt of gratitude to this consulting detective.
Fflewddur Fflam: Though Princess Eilonwy and Taran will always vie for the top spot in my affections, Fflewddur Fflam from the Prydain books and his aura of constantly snapping harp strings will always stick in my mind as one of the most colorful characters in a series rife with them. Addicted to white lies, he remains a most faithful companion, less brave in battle than he says he is, but much braver than he thinks he is.
James Bond: International man of mystery, debonair spy, wordsmith, and irredeemable blackguard, James Bond is a character to remember. He is the collective id of modern man (and woman). Although his exploits are increasingly outlandish, the rags-to-rake story is one that still echoes in the hearts of many. And anyone who tells you they wouldn’t share a drink with the man, shaken or otherwise, is lying.
Dottie the hare: It’s no mean feat, being the funniest, wittiest character in the funniest, wittiest book in a series, but Dottie the hare from Brian Jacques’ Redwall book, Lord Brocktree, manages it with ease. Rarely have I laughed so hard or marveled so much at a character’s antics, and rarely have I wished so much to be half as dashing, brilliant, and clever. Also, I too would one day like to be crowned “kingess.”
Alice: Go ask Alice, as the song goes. What would she tell us if we did? That when reality is dull we can always retreat into our minds, where endless worlds wait. In those worlds we learn who we are, we learn to cry, to fight, to be brave and polite, we learn that we are sometimes small, sometimes large, and sometimes nonsensical. But she also teaches us that we can learn from anybody, most of all ourselves. Confusion is a natural state of life, as long as it is accompanied by curiosity.
Donna Noble: She’s the best temp in Chiswick, and she has the typing skills to prove it. She takes no guff from those who style themselves her betters, and she remains one of the best companions the Doctor has ever had. I doubt I’d be able to keep up with her mentally, but if fictional characters were real, I’d want to be her friend.
Happy supermoon, denizens of Earth. You are all super.
-The Dragon and The Phoenix