Harry Potter and I go way back 🙂 It’s possibly the first series of books I fell utterly and madly in love with as a teenager – like Severus loved Lily, you could say. That continued into adulthood and I’ve re-read the books many times. So much so, that quotes from it pop back into mind even now. Here are 3 magical Harry Potter quotes for you to ponder – fair warning that there are a few spoilers involved. If Harry Potter isn’t for you, perhaps I can interest you in one of my posts on wellness.
Wise words of Dumbledore
How great are these wise words of Dumbledore? He always seem to know the right thing to say. Our abilities are a big part of who are, no doubt about that. They are what we are good at and what we are known for. But that’s not who we really are. What’s on the inside is what really matters – our beliefs, values and attitudes. It’s those that drive our choices.
Our choices define our life
We make choices every single day. In fact, our life is defined by the choices we make. Everything is a choice – dating someone, getting married, having kids, choosing a job/ career, making friends, our faith or the things we buy. This is why even our mistakes are the results of choices we made – as hard as it is accept. We lie by choice. Committing a crime is a choice. That’s where the power of Dumbledore’s quote lies – that our choices define who we really are. We become good people when we choose to do the right things with our abilities.
Sirius getting serious
Sirius wasn’t my favorite character in Harry Potter. He was always angry and hasty – which I guess is justified when you’ve been stuck in Azkaban for years. He certainly isn’t one I’d be expecting life advice from. But the quote above is worth pondering.
Judge a person by how he treats his inferiors
How often do we see people being treated differently because of their title, rank or status? Takes me back to school to younger kids getting bullied by older ones, when the teachers aren’t looking. People at work who are sickly-sweet to the boss but are a real pain to co-workers and juniors. So-called friends who really likes your money or fame, not you. Tyrant bosses who make life hell for their workers, but acts as embodiments of leadership to their superiors. Which goes to show that people aren’t always as they seem. The way someone treats those below his status, title or rank is a good way to judge what they are really like.
Hermione being logical
My perception of Hermione evolved throughout the series of books. She starts off as know-it-all, pompous and bossy kid. But then really grows on you over time because she’s got her heart in the right place. That said, one thing that stands true from the start is her intelligence. She’s a smart girl who thinks logically. Hermione has always been the one who paid attention to the details and figured things out. She solved the potion riddle when going after Quirrell (to stop him from stealing the Philosopher’s Stone). She figured out who the monster in the chamber of secrets was and how it was moving around the castle. She worked out Lupin was a werewolf. And the list goes on.
Logic is about reasoning and judgement. There is a myriad of factors involved in any problem that needs to be resolved or decision to be made. The ability to reason and identify which of those factors are relevant to the issue at hand, is a real skill. One that some are better at than others. That said, it’s a learned skill that can be improved with practice.
Harry Potter is not only one of the best fantasy reads you’ll ever come across. There’s life lessons and words of advice to be taken out of it.
What is your favourite Harry Potter quote?
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