I grew up with the Harry Potter series, with full audio of the books on cassette tapes (yeah I’m kinda old) and the hardcover versions of each book fresh off the printer and into my hands. I cried, laughed, and connected with the characters and the story. It can be said I am a diehard Potterhead, and I won’t deny it, seeing as I’ve been sorted into Gryffindor and my wand is made of cedar with unicorn core, 10 ¾ inches and unbending.
Every story has lessons to learn, and the lessons are truly unique for every reader, and Harry Potter is not an exception. Here are a few of the many things I’ve learned from the Harry Potter series.
Stand Up for Your Beliefs
This runs throughout the books, particularly with Harry constantly fighting for the freedom and safety of the whole wizarding world. But, a more specific example is Hermione and her fight for the freedom of house elves, also known as the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare. She wasn’t going to let the norms of society keep her from standing up for the idea of elvish freedom from slavery.
Loss is Inevitable
There is a great deal of death in the Harry Potter series. The very beginning of the series starts with Harry losing his parents, and then he continues to experience loss throughout the series. No matter what Harry tries, his loved ones still die. It teaches us that loss is inevitable, no amount of magic can change that, and to never forget those you have lost.
Make Your Own Choices
Dumbledore said it best in The Chamber of Secrets, “It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” The decisions we make show our character to the world. Harry makes the decision to not be a Slytherin, because he knows that’s not who he is. Don’t let the sorting hat of life make all the decisions for you,because you have the power to make your own choices.
Diversity is Important
Harry Potter teaches us to appreciate diversity, with pure bloods, half bloods, mud bloods, squibs, elves, centaurs, giants, trolls, and so many more species. The amount of diversity in the wizarding world exceeds reality, and the tolerance that is taught by many wizards and witches is tolerance we should accept into our own lives.
Love is Stronger than Hate
We learn in the beginning how Harry’s Mom’s love saved him when he was only a baby, and that taught us that love is it’s own kind of magic. When you have love on your side, you can defeat the dark lord and his army of death eaters and dementors with ease. Love is an incredible motivation to defeat hate, as the story of Severus Snape teaches us all. Love is one of the best things you can have in your life. Always.
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