I think I speak for all Harry Potter fans when I say I've learned a lot from the famed book series. I grew up with this series; and, as a result, these books have impacted my childhood and shaped who I am today. When I return to the series now, even years later, I'm always delighted to discover and learn something new from my favorite stories. These are just a few of the many irreplaceable life lessons J. K. Rowling's novels have taught me.
“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.”
2. Not caring is an issue, but caring too much can be equally detrimental.
“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
Especially with the other list items in mind, determination and passion towards achieving a goal is crucial to realize that goal. However, forcing oneself to strive tirelessly towards that goal without breaks or consideration for personal well-being can also be harmful. This idea resonates with me particularly when I think of schoolwork; sleepless nights and stress that engenders friction in relationships, extracurricular activities, and the mind seem to be the sacrifice for that ideal grade. While it is important to remain steadfast and aim to achieve high, sometimes a break-- from a project, friendship, assignment, or whatever the trigger may be-- is okay. Necessary, even.
3. Everyone has the potential to succeed.
“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
I've always considered myself a driven person, but taking a step back to reflect on previous instances and imagine the future is important. Although the saying is cliche, Harry Potter taught me than anything conceivable is possible; if I can think it, than I can do it. Sometimes the hardships we face can be intimidating and seemingly unfeasible. In other instances, we may feel as if our pre-determined fates control our actions more than our will, and that we cannot change human nature or create an impact. Harry Potter fostered my belief that with determination, anyone can accomplish anything.
4. Close relationships last beyond a lifetime.
“The ones that love us never really leave us.”
5. Be yourself.
“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”
6. Always be prepared for class.
“Turn to page three hundred and ninety-four.”
I just had to include this quote. Come on, it's Snape.
7. Happiness is achievable.
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Despite hardships, Harry Potter encourages readers to strive towards the light at the end of the tunnel. Even in the face of adversity, happiness can be found. Whether joy is achieved through friendships, pursuing a passion, playing a sport, or another activity, happiness can always, always be found. This is crucial to remember.
8. Doing the right thing can be challenging.
"We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
At crossroads, doing the right thing is never easy. Everyone must face difficult decisions during their lives. Dumbledore advises us to weigh the benefits and consequences of these decisions and make the best choice for ourselves, our communities, and our world.
9. Reflecting on the past is important, but the past shouldn't dictate the present.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
Ever experience those cringe-worthy moments in which your biggest mistakes and failures replay in your mind as you wish you could do things over? Me too. (Jeez that was a detailed description😆😆) While it is important to learn from previous experiences, it is also important to realize that these instances, however embarrassing, exist in the past. In spite of our greatest wishes, these instances remain unchangeable. The only instances we can actively change, now, are those we create today.