Hey everyone! We’re only a few days away from the end of all this. So for these final days, I want to talk about what makes Harry Potter so special and why it will endure for generations.
One of the things we Harry Potter fans love so much is how much this series has taught us about life. While this list could be super long, I’m going to limit myself to three major lessons.
1. Love is the strongest force in the world
This gets hammered into our heads from the very beginning. Voldemort’s ultimate weakness is that he doesn’t understand love and sacrifice. He doesn’t understand that love binds people together tighter than fear. Lily’s love for Harry and her willingness to sacrifice herself for Harry protected him and brought about Voldemort’s downfall the first time. Harry’s willingness to die for his friends created that kind of protection for them and, again, brought about Voldemort’s downfall.
But even beyond that, there are smaller signs of this theme. The Weasley’s become Harry’s true family as all of them–except maybe Percy–would do almost anything to protect Harry as one of their own. Harry, Ron, and Hermione share a bond that helps them overcome so many dangerous situations. You can even include in this the Dursley’s, who took Harry in and renewed Lily’s protection year after year. Sure, they didn’t love him, but they did ultimately protect him.
It’s a powerful lesson for us to learn. This was our chance to see what happens when we fight evil with love. When people bond together over mutual respect and admiration rather than fear and ambition.
The world is a cold, cruel place. A little more love would never go amiss.
2. Stand up for what you believe in
Every year, we saw Harry standing up for something that no one else believed. Whether it was the fact that a teacher was going to steal the Sorcerer’s Stone or that Voldemort had returned, Harry shows us time and again the type of bravery it takes to stand alone, loudly proclaiming what you know to be your truth.
More than that, Harry was willing to fight for it. He backed up his words with actions, and he was usually right. He inspired others to fight as well. Ron and Hermione. Neville and the D.A.
As difficult as it may be to stand up and be the lone voice demanding something, it can bring about great changes in people and in the world around us. I think more of us are learning that in this current world.
3. People can be both good and bad at the same time
This is one of my favorites, taken from a line said by Sirius. The world isn’t broken into good people and Death Eaters; we each have a bit of light and dark in us. None of us are perfectly good all of the time, nor are we evil to the core.
We see this time and again throughout the story. I’d say the most specific examples are Dumbledore and Snape. Harry would, in the beginning, have put Dumbledore firmly on the side of good and Snape all the way in the evil category. But by the end of the series, I think he realizes that they are both human and can change/make mistakes. It doesn’t mean that he can’t respect them–in fact, I would argue that we respect them more for their flaws.
Even Harry deals with this, knowing that he has a part of Voldemort inside of him. And Voldemort was a brilliant student who could have made an amazing life for himself instead of choosing darkness and destruction.
But it’s as Dumbledore tells us: it’s about our choices. Our choices determine who we are. And we are just as likely to make good choices as we are bad choices.