A Portkey to Self-Discovery
When I picked up the first Harry Potter book, I never imagined that the series would have such a profound influence in my life. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has been an aid to me as I’ve grown up. These novels have themes of bravery, integrity, choices, love, and friendship. Because of the series, I feel that I have discovered my true self and the way that I see myself in the world.
Albus Dumbledore once said, “It is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities”. There is a recurring theme of making choices in the Harry Potter novels, and this particular lesson has always resonated with me. Although I believe that intelligence is absolutely paramount, I’ve learned that the choices I make will determine the path that I take throughout life. Although Harry is not the most intelligent student or gifted wizard, the choices that he made were often what helped him succeed. Voldemort and Harry were almost identical as children: they were both orphans growing up with muggles that they detested, but the choices that they made along the way decided their fate. During Voldemort’s reign of terror, many witches and wizards were faced with the dilemma of making the choice between “what is right and what is easy”. Those who only wanted to ensure their personal safety chose to join Voldemort’s side; those who were brave stood up for what they believed in, even though they were outnumbered. This has taught me to stand true to what is the right thing to do, even if I’m standing alone.
Although I tend to fixate over things that I wish I could change, I have learned that it is pointless to dwell on matters that are out of my control. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry stumbles across the Mirror of Erised, a mirror that reflects the viewer’s deepest desires. Harry sees his parents alive and well in the mirror, and becomes obsessed with revisiting the mirror each night to see the family that he never...
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