But We Are Young, We Get By: Charlotte

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Are we like you? I can’t be sure

Of the scene as she turns.

We are strange in our worlds,

But we are young

– Supergrass, “Alright”

In a standard narrative of special teenagers, the special – be it a superpower, ability to slay vampires, or magic – is held in high esteem, especially upon discovery. There’s a reason why, “Yer a wizard, Harry.” rings true with so many readers. After all, who doesn’t want to leave their figurative cupboard underneath the stairs and be introduced to a world of magic?

Who doesn’t want to be special?