By Dennis Abrams
Profiles the existence and profession of the writer Anthony Horowitz.
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He would be made to write a thank you letter and every lying word would hurt him. But at that moment, looking at her, he knew the truth. He could see it in the wicked glimmer in her eyes, in the half-turned corner of her mouth. And it was so strong, so horrible that he shivered. She was evil. For reasons that he did not yet understand, Granny hated him and wanted to hurt him in any way she could. (Granny 32–33) On another occasion, Granny invites Joe to tea. But when he arrives he finds that she is not serving anything that he would want to eat.
Joe asked. ” Mrs. Warden giggled. ” 55 56 ANTHONY HOROWITZ But in fact she was so exhausted after her day’s shopping that she quite forgot to cook. That evening, Mr. Warden and Joe sat at the table staring gloomily at three tins [cans] of pink salmon. Mrs. Warden was even gloomier. She couldn’t find the tin opener. On Tuesday the dishwasher broke down, much to the horror of Mrs. Warden, who hadn’t washed a dish herself since 1963 (and then she had only rinsed it). The next day she went out and bought a hundred paper plates which were fine with the main courses and puddings but caused problems with the soup.
Like Harry, David is mysteriously summoned to attend Groosham Grange. Like Harry, he has two friends, Jill and Jeffrey. But, unlike Harry, David does not want to be at Groosham Grange. David spends most of the book resisting his teachers and trying to escape. It is only at the end of the book that David learns to embrace who he is (the seventh son of the seventh son and so 45 46 ANTHONY HOROWITZ blessed with magical powers) and to appreciate and use those powers. What is important about Groosham Grange (and its sequel Return to Groosham Grange), in terms of Anthony and his development as a writer, is not so much the fantasy element of the book, but his use of humor and of his experiences with his own parents and schooling.