We all have favorite book characters for sure (Fred Weasley! Jo March! HERCULE POIROT!…..* ahem * I’m done.), but there’s something about the characters we read about as kids that gives them a special place in our hearts. It’s more than simple nostalgia—I like to think it’s genuine friendship. Fictional or not, these people are just as integral to the sharing and shaping of our childhood as any real person. Sometimes more.
But real people grow up. They change, have families, and go off on their own adventures. Our favorite childhood book characters don’t do that unless we’re blessed with a sequel or an epilogue, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering what might have become of them.
This is my list of favorite childhood characters I’d like to revisit as adults. For most, I’ve added my musings about their potential futures, but I want to hear what you think about them too! Do you imagine their fates differently? Exactly the same? Let me know! 🙂
Ten Childhood Characters I’d Like to See as Adults:
- Sara Crewe from A Little Princess. In my heart, Sara Crewe will always be the Little Princess, but I think it would be cool to find out what happened to her when she grew up. Naturally, she’d go back to India, maybe as a missionary or a hospital nurse. Or maybe she’d start a home there for other orphan children. The more I think about the possibilities, the more I want to read about it!
- Arrietty from The Borrowers. Even though we get to see Arrietty grow and accept more responsibilities in the Borrower books, I kinda want to see what she decides to pursue when it’s time to choose a life of her own. I can’t really picture her putting down roots like her parents (not right away, anyway). Instead, I imagine her and Spiller backpacking through the countryside and going on endless adventures.
- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. I’m actually a little torn about this one. Part of me wants Calvin to stay a little kid forever, but part of me also wants to see how he turns out when he grows up. What do you think, fellow Hobbesians?
- Matilda from Matilda. Personally, I like to imagine Matilda growing up and becoming a school teacher or head librarian in the big city, where she bonds with another little kid who loves to read (and maybe also has powers?!). Of course, she’d still go visit Miss Honey on the weekends. 🙂
- Tom Sawyer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I want this for the pure and simple reason that I want to see what happens when a troublemaker like Tom grows up and has a little troublemaker of his own. Poetic justice is a dish best served while running away from home to be a pirate, am I right? 😉
- Saaski from The Moorhchild. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. We get a glimpse of how Saaski’s life turns out at the end of the book, but I always got the sense this led to more adventures, which I would have wanted to read about.
- Terence Mugg from Which Witch. I love that Terence is basically a nice kid who just so happens to be able to conjure piles of riggling insects and grinning skulls into existence at will. Plus, who WOULDN’T want to read about the adventures of the successor of Arriman the Awful, the world’s greatest dark wizard? I’m especially curious about the fate of Terence’s “familiar,” Rover the Earthworm.
- Zinny Taylor from Chasing Redbird. I LOVED Sharon Creech books as a kid, and Chasing Redbird was the first one I ever read. I loved stubborn, mulish Zinny and her quest to create something of her own. And it was endearing that, as much as her brood of siblings annoyed her at times, you can tell she loves them. I like to imagine she had her own passel of kids and lived in Uncle Nate and Aunt Jessie’s old cabin…or maybe built her own cabin on the trail she uncovered? Of course, she’d plant roses and zinnias all around it. 🙂
- ALL the Harry Potter Characters. I know Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out later this year, but what avid HP fan doesn’t want a legit Harry Potter: Next Generation series? Also, I REALLY want a prequel series chronicling the lives of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin before they founded Hogwarts. But that last one is probably just a pipe dream. 🙂