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On World Book Day 2019, delving into the beauty of marginalia, and how it adds to the reading experience
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On World Book Day 2019, delving into the beauty of marginalia, and how it adds to the reading experience

An example of marginalia is seen in The Half-Blood Prince, when Harry Potter obtains a second-hand copy of an Advanced Potion-Making textbook. The book is full of handwritten notes that fill all the margins, empty spaces, and sometimes even over the printed words. While initially making the textbook hard to read, the annotations turn out to be quite helpful, elevating Harry to the top of his Potions class, teaching him new spells, and sending him on a quest to discover the identity of the previous owner.