People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified—how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don’t know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know.
If you think about it, how many billions of people have died and had thoughts and experiences? But no one remembers anything about them. Some day I’ll die and once everyone who knows me dies, no one will remember me. So if you think about it, characters in books are more real than any of us. They’ll exist in the social consciousness long after we are forgotten. Who’s to say book characters aren’t as real as we are?
My dad reflecting on the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, on existence, and on reality. (via humankindcannotbear)