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Gothic in Deathly Hallows: Guiding the reader's eye

Guiding the reader's eye

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Let’s wrap up by trying to write a completely new passage using the arrival at Godric’s Hollow for inspiration. • Focus on using details to control the reader’s eye: • Start small, then get wider and wider • Look around the surroundings • Show where your character will go next And think about how you detail the qualities of the scene: can you make a balance between things seeming lovely but also a little spooky or creepy?

Heart beating in his throat, Harry opened his eyes. They were standing hand in hand in a snowy lane under a dark blue sky in which the night's first stars were already glimmering feebly. Cottages stood on either side of the narrow road, Christmas decorations twinkling in their windows. A short way ahead of them, a glow of golden streetlights indicated the centre of the village.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling