With J.K. Rowling launching the eighth book in the series- ‘Harry potter and the Cursed Child,’ potter mania is back in town! Many of us have grown up with the Harry Potter books/movies and the lessons that the piece of fiction imparted have become an inevitable part of our lives.
Following are a few life lessons that every ‘potterhead’ learnt or will learn (if not already) in the process of their navigating the world of magic!
1) No evil is unsurpassable.
Lord Voldemort became a name synonymous with evil. He is the kind of villain, played fantastically by Ralph Feinnes, whose slithering voice can send children crying for their mommies. But regardless of the powerful wand, infinite number of intimidating followers and formidable (noseless) appearance; goodness still prevailed in the end. This in-states that evil breeds in the shadow of good’s weakness.The goal should not be to eradicate the bad, but to make the good strong enough to not lose its conscience.
2) Friends- a blessing in disguise:
Hermione Granger, the smartest person in the series, and Ron Weasley, the kind of friend you know ‘is there’, were the friends, without which the iconic defeat of ‘who should not be named’ was next to impossible. Friendship is a beautiful magic in itself, and if there is one thing that we must learn to do in life, is to become great wizards at that. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided,” said Albus Dumbledore.
3) Circumstances, not a great excuse!
Circumstances are the lamest excuse that can be used, as a cover up for not achieving what one wants to. Harry Potter, a victim of slurs at the hands of his uncle and aunt, was an orphan. He endured all that till the age of 11, when Hagrid miraculously rescues him, and takes him to the school of witchcraft and wizardry(Hogwarts), eventually turning him into such a legend. It teaches that we obviously can’t change our past, but we can change our future. Nothing, including past circumstances, can stop one from being a hero of one’s life. As Dumbledore puts it, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
4) People show you, what they want you to see:
What better example than Professor Snape, character played so effortlessly by Late Alan Rickman? With his long British pauses, constant ridiculing of Harry, and killing of Dumbledore, Snape became the most despised character in the later stages of the series. But in the last book, his perception changed faster than the word ‘speed’. Looks can be deceiving and can lead us to judge the wrong person. Another character, Sirius Black was considered to be some crazy murderer, who actually, in the end, turns out to be Harry’s godfather. Hence, don’t judge and don’t be judged. There is more to it that meets the eye.
5) Love is rare. Grab it:
From Ginny-Harry to Ron-Hermoine, Potter series were known for its subtle, yet sweet love stories. Also the undying love between Harry and his parents gave him the courage to face the evil (Voldemort and the death eaters), heads on. Love is valour. Love is rare. Love is beauty. Love is magic.
6) Death is inevitable, Living is not:
Death rate in the Harry potter books grew in the last books of the series, but it definitely taught us all a lesson. Death is bound to happen, but if life doesn’t have a purpose, it might as well happen soon. Dumbledore, Sirius, Moody and Snape died for a reason. Their deaths were the reason that crushed evil and restored goodness in the end.
7) Everything is written:
And lastly, everything is pre-set. A slight change in time can mar the balance and, if one is not careful, may erase one’s existence as well, (spoiler) just like what happened in the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ Hence don’t crib and whine as to why things had to happen the way they did. Life is too short to mourn over. Move on. Don’t let the ‘muggles’ get you down. Put on a smile. Yell ‘plot twist’. Take your wand. Ride your broom. Do run to the sun. And let the magic begin!
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