This adventure of mine is too
narrow and slight to warrant pages of dedications and
acknowledgments. Here, however, I thank a special few
of those who enabled me to discover the particular joys
of this field of discovery and experience. I have benefitted
immensely from insights which were to make my absorbing
hobby as a dedicated amateur as perplexing and engrossing
as .... well, as a Potter play.
have been blessed with the friendship of some exceptional
men and women, but never ones so dedicated and so kind
to me as those who gave generously of their time and
expertise in this quest.
and foremost is Kenith Trodd. Trodd, a producer for
the BBC, opened the first door of that fortress so that
I might view Potter plays. Most recently, I have had
the honor of gaining a passing mention in Humphrey Carpenter's
authorized biography of Potter, and have become a pen
pal and friend of James R. Kincaid, Professor of English,
USC author and teacher extraordinaire. His early editing,
advice and encouragement kept me at this until I was
too embarrassed to burden him further. The most recent
kindness of a relatively young cousin, Roger Blumberg,
scholar, writer, sometimes Professor at Brown University
and computer master has been to bring this essay to
I offer heartfelt gratitude to my wife of well over
fifty years, an indefatigable critic and proof-reader.
Her appreciation of literature and art, through which
she enriched my vision, is an aspect of her joy in living;
her grace, beauty and vigor seem to defy time.