Saturday, 6 February 2016

What Harry Potter Taught You

You may not have realized it, but Harry Potter has impacted all of its readers in ways they may not discover until they are very old. I've decided to bring some of these to life for us all to relish in the joy of Harry Potter.

1. You Learned to Love Reading

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Without Harry Potter, I would be at a much lower level of reading than I am today. Many of my friends who also read Harry Potter at a young age developed a love for reading because they discovered Harry Potter. Now, my friends who are not fans of Harry Potter will barely read outside of school-assigned books, whereas I'm just like:
so I'll just have my nose in a book for a few hours bye

2. You Learned How to Choose Your Friends Wisely

Arguably the very best trio of all time, Harry and his squad taught me so much about how to choose my closest friends, how they need to have good values, and how we always need to be there for each other. Also, some of my best friends were made just by a shared love of Harry Potter. Not a single Harry Potter fan I have ever met is exclusive, mean, or unaccepting. They're all wonderful people. 

you knew this one was coming
3. You Learned About Corrupted Governments and Biased Press

Something that Harry Potter taught us that is often overlooked is how governments can be extremely corrupted, and that the press often twists things to make them look like something different. That is something no other fandom could have ever taught you.

4. You Learned How to Respect People Different from You

let's just appreciate Hermione's hair for a moment ok
Remus Lupin's tale of being a werewolf. Hagrid's story of being half-giant. Hermione's allegorical tale of being different from nearly everyone around her, and being shunned for having 'tainted' blood. And Dumbledore, the greatest wizard of all time, being gay. Are these tales simply relevant in the Harry Potter universe? Or are the lessons meant for us as well, to teach us to be kind and accepting, and to treat everyone fairly.

5. You Learned About Angst

Nor do I, Harry. Nor do I.
Angst, and how Harry thought he was turning evil when he really was just going through puberty. Oh, and Voldemort was messing with his head. But what matters is our choices. Because that's who we truly are.

6. You Learned That It's Okay to be Strange

look at Ron lol

Luna was a character that a little bit of can be found in all of us, I think. Her strangeness and eccentricity was amusing as well as reassuring. The characters in Harry Potter all accepted her and I think that that was so charming. It really is okay to have quirks.

7. You Learned That Impossible Things Can Happen

The real magic in Harry Potter is not found behind the spells that they cast, or the potions they brew. It's the love, the friendship, the sacrifices. The motherly hugs from Mrs. Weasley, the affectionate grunts Hagrid makes, the many times Ron and Hermione stayed with Harry as far as they could go. This type of love does exist outside of Harry Potter, if you dig deep enough to find it. Hogwarts may be my home at heart, but so is my own, and so is my city, and so is Scotland, and so is a small town in Northern Maine.

The Harry Potter books help me stay afloat in the darkest of times, and so have they helped so many other amazing people. I'm honoured to be a part of this beautiful world, because it taught me so much more that just the words on the surface.

I suppose this is a tribute to J.K. Rowling, as well is it a tribute to everyone that made Harry Potter happen. I'm forever grateful for this incredible series. I expect it will stay with me for many years to come.



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