Dwelling In Erised

Unleash the happy ghosts within


“However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

– Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Now this quote by Dumbledore is truly one of my favorites of all time, though I honestly don’t remember the first time I read these words as I was only 9 when I started Harry Potter. But now having become one of the most notorious HP snobs to date, this quote has come to haunt my mind time and time again, but not for the reasons one might think.

I’m currently on a path that optimizes my career and success over my innate penchant for the arts, so Dumbledore can’t say that I didn’t prioritize my realities at all. However I’m still miserable. And I think that’s because I’ve been neglecting my dreams too much. Sure, I have job applications and work and my smelly socks to take care of, but dreams should never have to take the backseat in one’s pursuit of a career.

8d8578dd422ac9b822ee8a3db35957c8It’s been difficult repressing the part of myself that once loved so many other things (books, music, art, writing, nature), so let me unleash the happy ghosts that have been haunting my mind for all these years. And maybe someday I’ll wake up to find that I’m truly living again. But until that day, salute, and expecto patronum. Or in Dumbledore’s words, pip pip!

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  1. Your music page didn’t have a comments section so I came here instead. 🙂 I love the Out There track so much – now that I live in my own apartment, one of my life’s greatest pleasures is singing that song in the shower at the top of my lungs (“taste the morn-ING OUT there!!!”) I’m not sure if the neighbors can hear me…
    The passage from the book that the song is based on is also majestic and breathtaking – I highly recommend it. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha I know! Hunchback is in my top 3 favorite movies of the Disney classics, and that song is dang gorgeous. The guy who sings it has such a warm voice, I melt into a puddle each time. I really do wish that I had a good voice so I can sing in the shower as well, but if there’s one thing the gods didn’t grant me with, it’s a decent voice. (I sound like a warbling parrot.)

      And yes, I totally remember you recommending this book to me once! It’s still on my TBR list, but I’m really hoping to get the chance to sit down and sink my teeth into it. I believe it’s one of those books that you have to savor, rather than just zoom through, so I’m hanging it up for a special occasion:)

      But are you a big Disney fan? Did you find the book better than the movie–because I do know at the very least that the book is a tragedy–or did you like the happy movie spin? I ask because I’m kind of a purist myself and I’m ALWAYS unhappy with the movie adaptation lol;)


      1. The Disney movie is VERY different from the book, and not just in terms of the ending. It’s more “inspired by” than “based on” the original story. That being said, they are probably my favorite standalone book/movie combination of all time, simply because the movie captures the majesty and breathtaking emotion of the book so well.
        Rewatching the movie as an adult also prompted me to read the book, which I never would have touched otherwise – so I am grateful for that. Even so, it took me a few weeks to buy the book because I knew the book would be different, and I was afraid that the movie would be ruined for me, or that I would be disheartened by the book’s tragic ending. But it didn’t turn out that way at all, thankfully! I thought that the movie adaptation served as a fitting tribute to the spirit of the book, and the book’s ending was more touching and insightful than it was devastating.
        In short, I would say that if you go into the book acknowledging that the book and the movie are vastly different entities, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂


  2. I just wanted to drop a note to say how much I look forward to your posts. 🙂 As a fellow Potterhead, I especially love your Harry Potter-related geekiness, and the delightful assortment of Mary GrandPre illustrations on the sidebar. (You might remember that I made a pact with my sibling to abstain from Harry Potter books and movies for 4 years, and I’m currently at the 3-year mark; so there are a lot of geeky details I’ve forgotten at this point.)
    By the way, have you dabbled into HP fanfiction at all? My absolute favorite is Dumbledore’s Army and the Year of Darkness, a novel-length story about Neville, Ginny, and Luna during the timeline of the Deathly Hallows while the Golden Trio are off Horcrux-hunting. (I haven’t read this since the start of my pact, either.) I also enjoyed Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles, which is a brilliant work of satire, in my view. 😉
    I’m also curious to know if you’re a creative writer yourself, since you’re clearly a well-read individual – but I think that’s probably enough questions for now. 🙂
    I should get back to studying – having a great evening!

    your fellow blogger,

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! It makes me so fuzzy and warm to know that another Potterhead would appreciate and enjoy my posts without finding them overly redundant:D And of course I remember your pact with your sibling! It’s the craziest and most awesome and dedicated thing I’ve ever heard from a Potterhead yet:D (you guys are badass!)

      Oh, and it’s funny that you would mention fan fiction because I’m about to publish something related to the topic in a few days (are you psychic? lol). But sadly, I have not read any Harry Potter fan fiction before…but I’ll definitely be checking out the ones that you recommended! Everyone’s got to start somewhere, right? And I would love to blog about these things as well if I get really into it:)

      As for the creative writing, nah:) I hope to become an author someday, but I’m only at the stage where I’m writing excerpts, and I’m too busy with lab work and family issues to be working full-time towards that. Hopefully someday?

      But how about yourself? I know that you’re really busy with medical school, but your posts seem to really reflect your love for it–is blogging a way for you to combine creative writing with that? Or perhaps a stress reliever? Because I know most bloggers tend to blog in order to escape their reality, but your blog actually seems to be a celebration of it, which I find admirable (and so enviable!). Not to mention, your creative writing is so much fun to read. Are you perhaps thinking about having a dual career in the future?

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      1. Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I also knew that I didn’t want it become my sole means of breadwinning. I asked my mom once, back when I was still playing with my Mermaid and Marathon Barbies, if it was possible to have two professional jobs at once; she furrowed her eyebrows and said yes, but why on earth would I WANT to do such a thing? Then I specified the doctor-writer combination, and she shrugged and went back to cooking dinner.
        In my view, words and music are the two phenomena in this world that wield the power to move people to tears of devastation one moment, and tears of triumph the next. I have no talent for speaking, and insufficient patience for music – so beginning in seventh grade or so, I chose to write. I also realized early that I write best when I have intense experiences to write about, and the doctor life is highly conducive to that. 🙂
        I’m mostly concentrating on med school right now, but I have a few in-progress projects lined up. My favorite is something that started as a novelization of my Harry Potter-themed blog posts; the story is about 3 med students in an alternate universe who are caught in the midst of a political upheaval and end up joining an underground “resistance” hospital to continue their medical training. I changed the names and added cultural backstories, but I didn’t even try to hide the fact that the 3 protagonists started out as Harry, Ron, and Hermione, particularly from Deathly Hallows. I find it an immensely touching concept that three teenagers could be on the run from the most powerful forces in their world, and they manage to not only survive, but look out for others as well. 🙂 I think the circumstances are different enough to qualify as a tribute to the Harry Potter books, rather than an insulting imitation.
        I guess I’m done rambling for now. I look forward to your blog post about fanfiction, and you’re always welcome to contact me at expeditionchemistATgmail if you would like to chat. 🙂
        Have a great evening!

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        1. Hi, my bad for the late reply:( I’m visiting my parents’ house this week, and a freak storm blew out the power for four full days as soon as I arrived–my parents blamed me lol. But yeah, no wifi, no power, no heat…whew, it was a bit of a nightmare situation, but apologies all the same if it seemed like I blew you off!

          Anyway, your story of the underground hospital truly sounds fabulous! Whenever I read books, I don’t necessarily see why it always has to be about the fighter/warrior protagonist since there’s more “modest” roles in the background that are just as important in my opinion…like doctors! Furthermore, I think books nowadays generally lack characters who are motivated to learn intellectual/professional skills, so your idea is already unique in itself. And personally, I love stories like yours where empathy for others gets a big highlight in the book, so no joke–your story sounds really appealing to me in every way:)

          And thanks, I’m always up for a friendly chat! My email is dwellinginerised@gmail.com if you wanted to contact me as well:)


  3. I love your sharing in the music category, especially the korean one 😉 (I’m not korean but I really love that culture). It’s really nice to discover musical standards I wouldn’t have come accross 🙂

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