'The Mirror of Erised' from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Novel Excerpt (1997)
Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts brings Harry closer to his parents than ever before... almost close enough to touch.
As everyone knows, Rowling's Harry Potter series is phenomenally popular. I can see why children in particular are crazy about it, and this Christmas chapter in the first novel of the series is rich in that spellbinding atmosphere. The events of this chapter are hugely important for Harry's personal journey, especially where they are not vital to the overall plot. I think it laudable that Christmas is here associated with a kind of magic that is deeper, more real and more significant than the usual Hogwarts brand.
'While the Gryffindor common room and the Great Hall had roaring fires, the draughty corridors had become icy and a bitter wind rattled the windows in the classrooms.'
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Bloomsbury, 1997), p.143.