10 life lessons Harry Potter has taught us

18th December 2016

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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!

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“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.

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