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Life Lessons Learned from Harry Potter

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Reading Harry Potter

“You’re a wizard, Harry!”

For many of us, those words had us wishing for our own Hogwarts letter. The series of fantasy novels written by J.K. Rowling led to many daydreams of what we would do if we did receive that letter. Harry Potter is a household name now, as are many of the other characters throughout the books. Daydreams aside, there are many life lessons that can be gleaned from the world famous novels.

“You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort.” – Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This advice holds true for people of all ages. Choose your friends wisely. As a child, you don’t want to become friends with those that might influence you to do things that are wrong. Peer pressure is real. As an adult, finding your soul tribe is a blessing. Find those that lift you up and will support you through life’s crazy ups and downs. Stay away from toxic people and relationships.

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This one pretty much speaks for itself. Be careful with your words. We often say things out of frustration or anger and hurt those that we love. These words can lead to emotional injuries that may take a long time to heal. Instead, choose words that will explain how you’re feeling and if you can’t do that, walk away before you say something you regret. Remember to tell those that you love how you feel, even your friends.

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” – Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It comes naturally to treat those you see as equals with respect. People often treat others they feel are inferior as such.  How many times have you witnessed someone being cruel to the wait-staff at a restaurant? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s the Golden Rule for a reason.

“Working hard is important. But there is something that matters more: believing in yourself.” – Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Believing in yourself and your capabilities if half the battle. Without that, the hard work will never pay off. You must first believe then put in the effort.

Though these books are just fantasy, they hold many important life lessons.  Read carefully!