If There Were No Magicians

by Mike Troy (Nimbus1944)



TTTO: John Williams' Hedwig's Theme;
originally appeared in Harry Potter fanfic The Owl's Tale


It wouldn't be right to dream, while
Forgetting to live, it seems;
Nor would it be right to dwell on life
And yet forget our dreams.

It would be sad, indeed, if we
Could never imagine things --
If there were no magicians, gnomes,
Or elves or goblin kings!

The world would be quite a dull place,
And we'd be unhappy souls,
If boys couldn't fly to pirate ships
Or girls go down rabbit holes.
If we couldn't dream of centaurs,
Or riding a unicorn --
Or we couldn't wish, for just a while,
That we were wizard-born!

What if it was beyond our powers
Imagining wondrous things --
If there were no magicians, gnomes,
Or elves or goblin kings?

We'd meet a demanding ogre
While crossing its private lawn;
We'd give it a knut of magic loot
That vanishes when we're gone!
The girls would make pets of kneazles
With wriggily, furry tails;
But boys would prefer a dragon pal
With slithery, shiny scales.

So what would be a world of dreams
With none of these magic things --
If there were no magicians, gnomes,
Or elves, or goblin kings?

Why, who would protect the castle
By fighting an angry troll?
Why, who would release the princess fair
From serpentine control?
Why, who would defeat the evil
By casting a charm or spell?
Just boys who exceed at wizardry,
And girls who do witching well!

The world indeed would lack a lot
Of marvelous magic things,
If there were no magicians, gnomes,
Or elves or goblin kings!

Copyright © Mike Troy



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