The Importance of Family
The meaning of family can be defined in many different ways. Some consider family to include only their blood or biological relatives while others consider family as a meaning of security and closeness with individuals who aren’t biologically related. Either way, family is considered important. For without family, an individual can struggle to understand where they came from, and miss out on connections that may impact their life. The importance of family is exemplified in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban as the main character struggles to discover himself.
A wise man once said, “You don’t have to be blood to be family” (Rowling). According to Harry Potter, this was very much so the case. Harry Potter was orphaned as a baby when his parents were murdered. He then fell into the care of his unaccepting and uncaring Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. Here, Harry felt like a burden and lonely. “Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia are as cruel to Harry as any fairy-tale step-parent: they feed him poorly, and clothe him shabbily; they make him sleep in a dark spider-infested cupboard under the stairs and destroy his mail” (Lurie 130). His friend, Ron, from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, one day thought it would be nice to call Harry at home. Before Harry could pick up the phone, his Uncle Vernon intervened and made it clear he was dissatisfied with the phone call. The only way Harry could contact his friends was through wizard mail - mail that was sent via owls. Harry did not consider his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon his true family. Harry was a child who possessed magical powers, therefore, he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. “With the help of magic, he is recued and enters an alternate world in which imagination and adventurousness are rewarded” (Lurie 131). Hogwarts eventually serves as a home for Harry and it is where his surrogate family resides. Here, he felt important for a change....
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