Sybill Trelawney knew she was going to retire before she did.
Most people know they’re going to retire before they do, but Sybill felt like she knew it, like it had been written in air and sent around the world via radio wave. She would retire in the early 2010s, and so she bid her farewell at the end of term in Spring 2014, the last possible date she could choose and make the prediction still accurate.
(Sybill preferred her predictions to be accurate.)
Sybill realized, once she left teaching, that she did not know where her money would come from. So she drank a cup of tea. She still didn’t know where her money would come from.
1) Books you have read already, perhaps via the library, that you know that you will want to reread
2) Books that activate the release of serotonin in your brain simply by the sight of their spines because you love them so much
3) Books with pretty spines
4) Books with pretty titles
5) Books that help define your tastes, opinions, and proclivities to strangers who might be in your apartment and looking at your shelves
6) Children’s books, because you will read each of them ten zillion times until you have them memorized and can rattle them off while walking down the street. “Up! Up! The sun is getting up! The sun gets up, so up with you! Up ear #1, ear #2!”
7) Reference-y books that you can reach out for in times of need, like Bird by Bird
8) Anything by Anne Lamott, really
After talking to Rolf Scamander and Luna Lovegood, my next step was to seek out Rolf’s colleague at the Daily Prophet—“colleague is a loose word,” Rolf said—the gossip columnist and human-interest writer Rita Skeeter.
“I don’t just do human interest,” Rita said. “I write centaur interest, snake interest, ghost interest, anyone who’s interested, I’ll write for them.”
The curls in her hair twitched a little, as if she were sniffing me out. I reassured her that I, too, was a hack writer.
“Then you know how it is,” Rita said. “Always having to scrabble around for money.”
If Neville Longbottom and Hannah Abbott were Muggles, they would be considered DINKs.
However, the wizarding world doesn’t quite have a word for a dual-career couple who have chosen to remain childfree, and so Neville and Hannah are anomalies, spending their days managing Herbology classrooms and Leaky Cauldrons, respectively, and ignoring the continuous hints that it might be time for the two of them to think about settling down and procreating.