While reading Exit West, I was able to form a solid connection to the strange doors that led to new and unexpected places. I read through the novel and I came across the doors and immediately began thinking. As my brain was processing the specified thoughts of magical doors, it hit me. In the first Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Harry and Ron are making their way to the train station for their very first day of school in the wizard world. They finally reach the checkpoint which is simply a plain brick wall in the middle of the train station. They then are told to run into the brick wall as fast as they can to surpass into the wizard world. This brick wall serves as a portal to the kids on their journey. The same situation dwelled in my thoughts when Hamid wrote, “…But approached the door, and drawing close she was struck by its darkness, its opacity, the way that it did not reveal what was on the other side, and also did not reflect what was on this side, and so felt equally like a beginning and an end” (103). People migrating through the magic doors associates a similar contrast with Harry and Ron running through the magic wall. They all put themselves at slight risk to reach what they thought was the beginning.
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Great connection Ago, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this. Interesting how both in Harry Potter and Exit West, the characters go through the door in hope of a better life on the other side.
This similarity to Harry Potter is amazing! These two stories though they are very different can relate in more ways than one. Not only with the odd types of transportation and the daunting journeys to new places, but how overwhelming it can be to assimilate to an entirely new world, with new people, and new versions of normal.