Harry Potter and the Parentheses

I recently finished the Harry Potter series. I know, I know, I’m sort of late, but still, at least I’ve read it (*cough cough Spinette hasn’t yet cough).

While I could tell you what I thought about the book in proper review manner, I’d rather talk about this one issue I had with the book following the colon:

In one of the books, the sixth or fifth or some other number entirely between one and seven, Dumbledore is speaking and in the middle of the dialogue, there’s a pair of parentheses. Like this:

“How’d my brownie (made of vanilla and coffee) get all the way up on that flagpole?” Spinette exclaims.

How does one go about conveying parentheses in vocal conversations? Will someone please explain this to me?

5 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Parentheses

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  2. If you use speech marks then what’s contained within them is exactly as said. So if the character says something that’s best represented by parentheses, so you use them. That would work if you had other types of brownie and so the bracketed comment is to clarify which brownie it is.

    If you weren’t really asking them, I’m sorry. I have a nervous response to questions and always answer.

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