Harry Potter, loved and adored by millions, is one of the best fictional stories ever written! It teaches us to look at the world differently, learn about ourselves and to not be afraid. I was introduced to Harry Potter when I was eight years old and here I am now, 18 years old, and I am still in love with these amazing books! So let’s have a look at the reasons why I love Harry Potter.
Harry Potter Was My Escape from My Traumatic Childhood
I have always loved books ever since the moment I could read. My grandmother knew how much I loved books and so every month she would buy me a new book. One month, she came in with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I began to get lost in the books and delve deep into the magical world of Hogwarts.
When things got tough in my life I would get my nose stuck in a book and it was very easy for me to forget about what was going on around me. Getting lost in the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione truly saved me from really horrible situations in my life.
Many times I was barely even noticed because I was just curl up on the couch engrossed in whichever book I was reading at the time.
It showed me that I can choose my family
Sadly not all of us are lucky enough to have a great, loving family like the Weasleys or Hermione’s family. Although Harry didn’t really have a family while he lived with the Dursley’s, he was seen as an inconvenience. Through the series he picks his family and it taught me that although I am stuck with the family that I have I can still always choose my family. They may not be blood but the people in my life who I call my family have done so much for me unlike some of my family.
It Taught Me to Be Brave
I was terrified of my father, one look from him and I was frozen with terror, but as I began to read the Harry Potter series I saw that Harry was unafraid of one of the most feared wizards of the world, even at his young age of 13. This showed me that I could stand up against my father which I began to do each and every year. I became stronger than ever and last year I called the police on my own father and began speaking about the abuse I have endured throughout the years.
Almost my entire life I have been known as the quiet girl who lets things slide but, as I’ve grown, I’ve realized that’s not who I am. I am braver than I ever believed I was and I can say what I want, defend myself and not be afraid to speak my mind or my opinions. I will never be afraid to speak out again. I am strong. I am brave and I have a voice that needs to be heard.
As we watch Harry Potter grow throughout the series, he, too, learns to be brave and to speak out when everyone wants him to be silent. The biggest evidence of this is when he calls Voldemort by his name and not “he who must not be named” like all the other witches and wizards throughout the series.
It Showed Me Not to Be Afraid to Speak My Mind
If you are a die-hard Harry Potter fan like I am you will know exactly who I am talking about in the series. “ I must not tell lies” is a big quote throughout the Order of the Phoenix by the most hated woman in the series, the one and only Dolores Umbridge. This lady is one cruel person and she tries to stop everyone telling the truth about Voldemort, but because Harry was not afraid to speak his mind, along with Ron and Hermione, he was able to make sure other students at Hogwarts would learn the truth about what was truly happening outside of Hogwarts.
“The truth, It is a beautiful and terrible thing and should, therefore, be treated with great caution”
Harry Potter will always hold a huge place in my heart. It made my childhood a little more easy to deal with. All the characters that I met throughout this series became friends and they were my comfort when I was upset, angry or scared. It truly saved me in my time of need and I am so glad that my grandmother introduced me to the magical world of Harry Potter.
Having something you can engross yourself in is an amazing way to get through a lot of hard times, it can be absolutely anything from reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, playing an instrument etc. Find what you love and dive in deep. I know that I’ll be sharing Harry Potter with my children one day in the future and I can’t wait.
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