When people find out I am in my twenties and still obsessed with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, they ask the question “Why?” because to them, Harry Potter is just a series of fantasy novels for children and young adults. So let me tell you my story of why Harry Potter is so important to me even in my twenties.
I was a few years younger than Harry was, when I found “The Philosopher’s Stone” hidden in a shelf buried beneath a pile of other children’s novels. And with “Mr. And Mrs Dursley of Number Four Private Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” began my journey to Hogwarts.
Harry Potter has taught me many great lessons in life and I only survived most of my darkest nights in my life because of this seemingly Children’s Fantasy novel. The “Harry Potter” series is so much more than that, so much more than just a children’s book. So here are a few valid reasons why Harry Potter is important.
1. It taught me that we are only human
“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” –Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Much of the conflict in the Harry Potter series centres on greed and ego. The only way to overcome these problems is to see ourselves as fallible, and accept that sometimes we are wrong. The Harry Potter series consistently reminds us to look at our own faults before tearing down others.
2. You can move on from loss
“The things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end – if not always in the way we expect.” – Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Another theme in the Harry Potter series is unexpected loss. Growing from tragedy and moving on is something we all have to learn to do. I lost a very close and loving person who was very important to me as well. However, Harry Potter taught me that, yes, it hurts to lose someone we love. However, ultimately, we recover from loss by growing in unexpected ways.
3. Love is irreplaceable
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Love is the closest thing to magic that we have, so in the Harry Potter universe, it’s only fitting that love has special powers too. A recurring theme we could all emulate more, Harry Potter teaches us that love is the best solution.
4. It is possible to overcome fear
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Harry Potter series attacks head-on our desire as humans to insulate ourselves from the world. While pretending something doesn’t exist is comforting, ignorance of what challenges us only causes more problems. The Harry Potter series periodically reminds readers that fear of a problem is much worse than the actual problem.
5. We can make our own choices
“It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter is a character whose life is marred by attention and speculation. However, Harry learns that regardless of the abilities he’s born with, the decisions he makes are far more critical for the future. This is a recurring theme that shows all of us we can become what we choose.
So yes, the Harry Potter series is indeed a children’s series. However, it deals with the complex themes of what it is to be a human. Throughout my childhood and even today in my twenties, J.K. Rowling’s words have helped me grow. They have been with me through rough times and happy times and have stuck with me to the end.