This week on Top 3 Thursday we’re talking about our favourite literary animals! I’m pretty sure my three choices need no real introduction but I’m gonna do it anyway 😉
I absolutely love that animals feature in so many novels in so many ways. It was pretty difficult to pick which ones I wanted to feature but I tried to go with a spread of character-types with the animals I love.
So without further ado, but with a reminder that these aren’t necessarily in order…here we go!
Fang (Harry Potter Series)
This gigantic, slobbering, cutie is Hagrid’s #1 pet. Ridiculously protective of his owner, but “a bloody coward”, Fang’s bark is worse than his bite.
I always loved the scenes with Fang in Harry Potter because who wouldn’t love to hang out with this giant horse of a dog?! I would ride him in to battle. He would run away. I’d be okay with that because I’m a coward too #hufflepuffpride
Aslan (Chronicles of Narnia)
Would you just look at this glorious beast though?
Aslan’s an easy one, lions are my favourite animal, and he’s a wise and compassionate leader. Now, I know he’s meant to represent Jesus in the book, but as an atheist, I choose to see him more as a mentor figure who really could represent many spiritual leaders.
Look, he’s just majestic AF, okay?
Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
A character who, I’m sure, needs no introduction, this little guy is a worrier and a scaredy-cat, but he repeatedly faces his fears and comes out the other side. As a worrier myself, Piglet is my favoruite character from these books, and he’s also just an amazing friend #BFFgoals.
I honestly think he’s also pretty great role model for kids. Not only for the aforementioned facing-of-fears, but also for quotes like this: ‘The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.’ Probably something we all could have done with a reminder of when we were young 🙂
Finally, one of maybe my favourite things about Piglet, and I’m going to give it to you in a quote again: ‘Piglet found that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.’ …I’m not crying, you are. WHAT AN ADORABLE KIND-HEARTED LITTLE PIGLET.
So that’s it from me! It was pretty difficult because animals can play such huge and varied roles in novels, from silent companions to fearless leaders, evil-doers to quick-witted protagonists, so it’s really hard to compare them sometimes.
Who are your favourite animals in literature? Pop them in the comments below, or join in on Top 3 Thursdays in your own blog and link it up below!