Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"I Always Wanted to be a Wizard"

 Samwell Tarley (Game of Thrones) always wanted to be a wizard. I am going to attempt to explain how he is already a wizard based on the Universal Truth of Samwise.

Now, not every series has a Samwise by name, but every series has a Samwise by character traits.

The most obvious example is Samwise Gamgee (LotR). In my opinion Sam Gamgee is the original, and most influential, Sam of modern fantasy. I doubt many would disagree. In LotR, we have a story that goes something like this:

A little man has a big, scary problem. This little man is unsure of what to do, where to go, and whether or not he is strong enough. But he has friends. There is a smart one, a brave one, and a doughy coward that refuses to stay home even though he has never been good for anything. At the very end, it turns out that the poor, pudgy craven is the one that sticks it out the longest and does the most good.
This is the plot to a high percentage of fantasy quest-based stories. Sams are the cowardly fellow that won't give up on the unwilling hero no matter what, and have talents many people of their societies don't find useful or desirable.

Onto the part where we talk about Wizards. In the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter enterprise, we find ourselves another Samwise: Neville Longbottom.

Here we see his evolution from chubby loser to savior of Wizard-kind in about 2.5 seconds (in all actuality, it took 7 books [metric] or 8 movies [USA residents]).

Now, I postulate that all Sams are (universally speaking) the same character due to the authors all telling the same basic story. Although minor details are bound to change, Smawise, Samwell, and Neville are the same person. 

I therefore conclude that, unbeknownst to Samwell, because of J. K. Rowlings' Harry Potter novels, he IS a wizard.

Dreams are realized the world over with enough BS and the Internet.

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