The Importance of Harry Potter
We had a wonderful entry for our ‘What Harry Potter Means To Me’ competition. We thought we’d share this with you all:
I remember reading ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ when I was 12 years old. I was gifted a whole set by my uncle who’s a Potterhead himself. To be honest, for the first few days after I read the first book I actually thought my Hogwarts acceptance letter had gotten lost in the mail, and for half a year I checked the mail each morning until it dawned upon me that owls never get lost while delivering mail (perhaps with the exception of Errol) and I was devastated; the prospect of never getting the acceptance letter, never ever setting foot in those wondrous hallways, never getting lost finding my way through the moving staircases reduced me to tears by the time I had finished the series.
But nothing could ever have prepared me for the twists and turns and the heartbreaks Harry had to endure throughout his life. His parents died trying to protect him he was rendered homeless, without a proper family from the day he was born, battled face-to-face against Voldemort five times and nearly died trying to finish him off every time. His loyalty to his friends and his courage in the face of death is second to none. Thwarted at every turn, his first priority was to check on those he loved and admired and it’s one of the qualities I have strived to inculcate over the years.
J.K Rowling taught the entire wizarding world that no-one is inherently moral or immoral, it is their choices and the path they wish to follow which shapes their destiny, nothing is prewritten or predefined – this is what Harry did from the very first day at Hogwarts at the Sorting. Voldemort’s soul demanded Harry should be sorted into Slytherin but he wished to be in Gryffindor. An Albus Dumbledore saying comes to mind: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” In spite of his grief throughout the course of the books, Harry remained the kind and empathetic person he was from al
l those years ago. Harry, more than anybody has taught me that my past experiences, however negative they may be, do not dictate my actions in the present or even in the future. No doubt his brushes with death hardened him for the final push, so too I regard the disappointments I’ve faced as obstacles before the final sprint to the finish line!
So as I begin my yearly Harry Potter reread, a practise I have followed for the past five years now, the point where the whole school rises against the Dark Lord will forever be etched in my mind, a microcosm of all the fights against tyranny across the globe, and if there is anything the two best headmasters of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, have ever taught me is that love triumphs against hate and only will happiness be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light!
By Vedang Joshi
Vedang wins a copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’.