||May contain spoilers for those who don’t know the story yet||
1. One individual, one small act. That can make all the difference in the world.
Harry Potter disarmed and took Draco Malfoy’s wand in a small fight. That’s what changed everything. That’s the whole linchpin of the story. Who knows what would have happened if he had not done that. So even if we don’t fight wars with wands everyday, now we know, a small act – and we may not know it then – is all that’s needed to make all the difference in the world.
2. Never ever judge someone without knowing them better.
This is definitely a lesson which J.K. Rowling teaches us through her books. There are so many examples for this. People who we think are good and perfect in every way may not always be perfect. Albus Dumbledore is an example for this. Yes he was a great wizard but he too has made his share of mistakes and has his share of regrets. Meanwhile we despise and loathe Severus Snape. But at the end we find that he is one of the bravest and best characters of all. There are so many others who prove this time and time again. Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy are all examples. This is true with everyone we meet. They may not be who they seem to be. So never judge anyone before understanding them better.
Never judge a book by it’s cover.
3. Nothing is more powerful than a mother’s love.
(I would like to replace ‘mother’ with ‘parents’ here. But it still implies the same thing) This doesn’t need further explanation. Just two words: Lily Potter.
4. Never try to be someone you aren’t.
Because it will come crashing down on you one day. *cough Lockhart cough* How ever hard you try you can never be someone you aren’t. Being yourself is the best, as Luna taught me.
5. Overcome your fears.
However scared you are, if you fight hard enough, if you have the passion, you can always, always conquer fear. Neville Longbottom and Remus Lupin are perfect examples for this. They fought hard, they overcame their obstacles and became very fine people indeed. So if we can forget our fears, if we can take the risks, then all of us will go very far, fly high in our lives.
6. Circumstances change people.
The behaviour, personality, how they react, all depends on the situations or circumstances that a person is in. This is shown to us by Draco Malfoy. If he hadn’t been born into that family, he may have become an entirely different person. Belonging to that family affected him in so many ways. That’s what shaped his life. So before we judge someone, try to understand their situation, try to see why they act in the way they do, because inevitably in life, our circumstances change us.
7. Racism is never acceptable.
Where did all the stuff about purebloods and mudbloods get them? In a whole load of trouble, that’s where. There is no need to point out that purebloods and mudbloods are just symbols for the racism we see in our world. We must realise how much destruction it causes in our society and among nations. We must realise that racism is never acceptable and that we should do our best to put a stop to it.
No matter how old you get, always enjoy the things you love.
“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I’ll say, ‘Always.’” –Alan Rickman.
May your soul rest in peace Alan.
So that’s what reading these wonderful books have taught me. Even if you haven’t read the books or watched the movies, I hope these lessons that I’ve learned will earn a place in you heart too.