a thought about writing scholars (tangent from Harry Potter discussion, glancing allusion to injury, 182 words) Show more
So there was a Tumblr post a while ago musing on the fact that Charlie Weasley was able to get together a group to smuggle a dragon across international borders on two days notice - https://packbat.tumblr.com/post/147254894127/blueelectricangels - and one of the responses was from a biologist who said: "speaking as a biologist, i can guarantee i would show up without question to smuggle an endangered species that would otherwise be destroyed across national borders to a sanctuary on two days’ notice."
...and I think that's something that a lot of writers who aren't scientists, archaeologists, zoologists, et cetera might not think about? Society writes an implicit list of Things You Are Allowed To Care A Whole Lot About, and while I suspect *everyone* has items they drop or add to that list, if you are writing a scholar with a particular field of study? Something irreplaceable in their field may well have a value to them on par with their own limbs.
And I think writers miss that sometimes. So it occurs to me to mention.