It’s amazing how much a well-told story can influence people. Years after reading it, I still vividly remember every bit of the adventure as if I were an actual part of it. I guess, that is the first lesson: Reading is the only way to live more than one life at a time. Harry Potter taught me to believe in magic. You never know when an owl-delivered invitation to uncover your true identity drops in. Keep your windows open.
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”- J.K. Rowling has always tried to hammer in was the acceptance of mortality and death. To me, that’s very important. When Harry goes into the Forbidden Forest to face Voldemort, he had already accepted death, as some say, he greeted death like an old friend. Every character in the book is ready for death during the battle of Hogwarts. They all have accepted that death is a possible and the mere understanding of this fact is what encourages them to fight harder, for their life and the lives of the future generation.
Bravery comes in many forms. Harry had to summon up all his courage when he sought out Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, but that wasn’t the only kind of bravery we saw throughout the books. Whether you stand up to your friends because they’re breaking the rules, like Neville did, or take a leaf out of Hermione’s book and fight for what you believe in (even if nobody else took S.P.E.W. seriously), these were all demonstrations of courage and fortitude.
Heartbreak is sometimes inevitable. It’s sad but it’s true. Just as Harry and Cho, Lavender and Ron, and Lily and Snape showed us, sometimes things don’t work out the way we’d like them to. You might suffer a broken heart through unrequited love, or lose those you love most, but the books also show us that life goes on. People recover and forge ahead and even death isn’t something to be feared; it is, as Dumbledore so eloquently said, ‘but the next great adventure’.
But true love lasts, always. “After all this time? Always” -Love is a strong theme throughout the books; if you love someone completely it can never be undone. Lily’s love for Harry granted him protection and Snape’s love for Lily shaped his path after her death. True love lasts forever. Just because a person dies doesn’t mean our love for them does; a comforting lesson we can take heart in.
True friendship can get you through anything. An unlikely trio, to begin with, Harry, Ron, and Hermione proved time and time again that real friendship forges an unbreakable bond. Together they managed to face Dementors and Death Eaters, Dolores Umbridge and Horcruxes. Not to mention the truly horrifying pitfalls of teenage life: relationship problems, jealousy, and school exams. With true friends, it doesn’t matter if you argue over a possibly-jinxed new broomstick or accidentally swallow a love potion because, at the end of the day, they’ll always have your back.
As my favourite quote from “The Cursed Child” states: “Albus Dumbledore had his trials too, you know—and Severus Snape, well, you know all about him— They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what— those flaws almost made them greater.”