Sunday, 18 December 2016

10 life lessons Harry Potter has taught us


If you don't know of my love of Harry Potter, where have you been? Today's post is dedicated to the life lessons that the Harry Potter series has brought us. I grew up with these books and although at the age I was, I didn't quite realise the knowledge they contained at the time, having reread them multiple times since I can fully appreciate them on a whole other level, which I shall lay out before you in the post below. Enjoy! 



"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

I adore this quote from none other than Sirius Black. In this case he is referring to the treatment of House Elves but this is certainly something we can apply to life generally. It might be a boss at work who looks down on his staff or some other scenario but this is usually a tell-tale sign of the characteristics you can expect from an individual.

Love conquers all

It's safe to say that the theme of love is huge in the books. As we know, it is Lily's love and sacrifice that protects Harry from Voldermort and his lack of it that prevents him from understanding this and eventually leads to his downfall. As Dumbledore says: "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love." It is illustrated as a powerful force, not just limited to that of a marriage. We witness love in many forms throughout the books, love between friends, growing love, parental and guardian love. All of these are passionate and fierce, a reminder of the power of love in our lives and just how lucky we are. 

Courage comes in many different forms

Ya'll know I'm talking about Neville here! It would be easy to think of Harry and co when it comes to the most courageous acts but it is important to remember those like Neville who display courage in small ways that are huge for them. And the same goes for all of us. Even a small step is a big deal because it's still a step. 




Being smart isn't always the most important thing
I always remember Hermione's line from the Philosopher's Stone: "Book! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship and bravery." Hermione's cleverness plays a huge part in the books but other qualities are needed just as much to ultimately win the battle against evil. You might not count yourself as the smartest cookie but you are able to offer other attributes that matter just as much. 

It's ok to be 'weird.'

So many of the characters in Harry Potter are unique, different or considered 'weird' (I hate that word). But some of these characters are the best ones. I mean come on, Luna? What a witch! There are so many of us inhabiting this earth that our differences should be celebrated because after all, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same. The characters of Harry Potter come in all different shapes, sizes, ethnicities and more. And they're awesome. And so are we.


The ones we love never leave us
There is a lot of loss in the books. Lily, James, Cedric, Sirius, Dumbledore, Hedwig, Remus, Tonks, Fred and don't even get me started on Dobby. The point though, is that their love for us are so powerful that as such, they are always with us. Our memories of them and the joy that they brought us keep them ever present in our lives even if they are unfortunately no longer actually there. 



Your choices define you

Harry desperately didn't want to be placed in Slytherin at his sorting ceremony for Hogwarts but it wasn't until later that he learnt the choice was always going to be his. He chose courage (Gryffindor) over ambition and instead of befriending rich and well connected Draco Malfoy, Harry become friends with the hand-me-down but loyal Ron Weasley who is with him right until the end. There are many situations that are thrust upon us but it is how we choose to deal with them and the choices we make that define who we are. 

The family you choose are just as important as the ones you are given

Family and friendship are big themes that run throughout the book series. It's safe to say that Harry's blood family of the Dursleys are far from what any of us would want for ourselves. He is severely mistreated for years and made to feel like a massive burden. But upon learning he is a wizard, Harry is opened up to a world of people who care for him and adopt him into their fold. The Weasleys become the family he always wanted while Sirius and Dumbledore take on fatherly roles for him. You too might not have the best relationship with your family but you can make your own from whoever you please, you do not have to make do with what you are given if it doesn't make you happy. Your family has more to do with those that you love rather than the blood that runs through your veins.



Fight for what you believe in

Harry finds himself fighting against teachers, the media and the very establishment that is supposed to be protecting him. Pushing against something that is forced upon you is a challenge but questioning what is right and what is wrong with the world is vital for a better world.  

Good triumphs over evil

And lastly, how could I not end on this one? The whole series of Harry Potter books is based on the fight between good and evil, Harry Vs Voldemort. The books detail their battles and the struggle as evil fights to take control over the wizarding community. In our own world it is worth remembering that with the misery we experience, there is always good fighting back and it will always triumph.  




With an influx of Christmas posts lately, I hope you won't mind that I've decided to keep my blog fairly normal to break it up a bit! I've certainly had fun creating this and I hope you've had fun reading it! I'd love to know if you're a fan of the books or perhaps films and what you might have gained yourself from them.

If you read my blog a couple of weeks ago, you'll know I'm nominated for Entertainment Blog at the Digital Awards! It would make me so happy if you could vote for me here. It's  very quick and will take just a minute of your time, with none of your own information entry required. A huge thank you to everyone who has voted already, you've no idea how much I appreciate it. 

Emily x

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32 comments

  1. This brought tears to my eyes, I love Harry Potter and you capture some of the best moments in this post and yes, life lessons in real life too. And I love Dobby! His courage, love and loyalty gets me everything.

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  2. Love this! It's made me feel grateful that I grew up with both the books and the movies. There really are some amazing lessons that came from them. Great post!
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  3. "it's okay to be weird' is definitely something i learnt from that movie.

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  4. I was smiling and nodding as I was reading this!!! How brilliant! I remember how proud I was when Neville, in the last part of the movie, was alone in the castle and tried to fight himself and showing others what to do and guide them, he was just excellent and had great character!

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  5. This post is amazing, Emily! I love Harry Potter, books and movies. I basically grew up with it. There are so many amazing things that HP can teach and I cannot agree more with everything you just said in this post. Now I really want to have HP marathon, haha. Also, congratulations on your nomination, you have my vote, love! x

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    1. I know right? I'm half tempted to just spend NYE having a big old marathon! Thanks you so much for the vote lovely Leta and have an incredible 2017!

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  6. Congrats on your nomination! I like Harry Potter although I don't love it, I used to be very much into it when I was younger. I remember even writing my own fan-fiction about it, but then again, I swear everyone used to do that! :) Good old days, and some really important words of wisdom in this post, hun! <3 <3 Thanks for sharing, lovely. xoxo

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  7. Ok, I actually cried at this post! Is that sad? *awkward emoji* haha! I've been a huge Harry Potter fan for ever since my dad used to read me the books when they first came out. It's sort of been with me as I grew up and the incredible genius of JK Rowling has imputed these lessons into a field of young children who probably are different and better people because of it! And I'm the same, every time I reread them I learn/notice something new that my love and admiration for that woman grows even further!

    To be honest, I never quite noticed the one about family! Duh! It's another brilliant message, thanks for the enlightenment!

    I've just come to read your blog, but it's safe to say you've definitely got a cheeky follow and a vote from me! Good luck with your award!

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    1. Oh Josie! I don't blame you for crying, it certainly gets me from time to time soon! Harry Potter was definitely something I shared with my own Dad too! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the post and thank you for the vote and follow! xx

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  8. 'Courage comes in many different forms' - that's such a good life lesson to have taken away from Harry Potter, and I totally agree; wise words! Also loving your mention of good triumphing over evil :)

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  9. Aw I love this! And it's so true. HP can teach us a lot about life and how to treat others. Now I need to go and watch all the movies. Seriously, this post made me so emotional and nostalgic!! :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  10. I must confess I haven't seen any of the movies or read the books but these are really good lessons to take away from Harry Potter.

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  11. I love Harry Potter too! And he will always be part of our childhood. :) Hope to hear from you soon!

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  12. Oh I live by these lessons! Especially "love conquers all" and "being smart isn't always the most important thing". Thank you so much for bringing back those pleasant memories :)


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  13. I was wondering when I'd hear about Harry Potter from you. I'm obsessed with it too, although I've only read the series twice. But the magic of them never ceases to amaze me. Love this chance to catch up with the characters and the messages again! Congrats on the nomination. Voted!

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  14. Interesting facts
    Thanks for sharing
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  15. Great post, love the 'courage comes in many different forms' lesson! x
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  16. This made me teary eyed. I love Harry Potter too and it broke my heart when the series finally ended. I grew up reading the books too so this post reminded me of the great adventures and wide imagination the book brought me. Yes, little do some people know, the Harry Potter series actually has a lot of meaning and lessons you can learn from. It is not just a novel for the sake of having a story but a novel that has values and lessons. :)

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  17. 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light' I absolutely adore this post, Harry Potter teaches us so much. It makes me feel grateful and appreciate friendships, life lessons as well as embrace my weirdness. Fantastic post and great photos,
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  18. I love every single on of those lessons. I've never actually read an Harry potter book but watch all the movies (only watched the last 3 ones around Halloween actually, for some reason they were on tv everyday that time).
    Courage comes in many different form, that's a lesson I also learned from Harry potter.
    I love Luna, she is so unique and even if she is different you just can help it but fall in love with her.
    Couldn't agree more with you on family and fighting for what we believe in.
    Amazing one Emily.
    have a wonderful Christmas! :)
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  19. I loved this post! The Harry Potter books had so many wonderful life lessons. You explained them beautifully.
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  20. what a great idea for a blog post! Its ok to be weird is the best!
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  21. I love this post! So well written!

    Merry Christmas!
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  22. I'm not an harry potter fan, but surely looks like the movie is filled with good traits. I definitely agree with every point here. Thanks for sharing. Motivational in a way.

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  23. Straight up I hear ya sister with all these points but the one I couldn't agree more with is It's Ok To Be "Weird"- YAAAAS! I've remembered this myself watching the films of late and have deicded to shed the flock and stop being such a sheep. Love this post, love HP, love you! Kat xxx

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  24. I've actually been watching a lot of Harry Potter recently as the films are always on over Christmas, this was a lovely post to read!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  25. Oh my goodness, this is so nostalgic. I loooove Harry Potter too and I feel you! Ahhh. I remember feeling so betrayed when Dumbledore died. And I remember feeling so sympathetic towards Snape, among other things. It certainly felt like I know them and I am living in an alternate universe with them. The world-building and story-telling is freakin' brilliant! This post makes me wanna read all the books again and watch the movies.

    Harry Potter gave us great life lessons and I am glad that I was influenced by such a classic.


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  26. Totally feel this! and totally love this blog post!
    So happy to have stumbled across your blog and insta!

    Megan xx

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  27. Love this! So so true!

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