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What we can learn from the Harry Potter series

What we can learn from the Harry Potter series

Lately, I have been even more obsessed than usual with the Harry Potter series. Not sure whether it’s because I love reading the books again, or that it’s only two months until our trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. I cannot wait to finally visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. While I am re-reading the entire series (yes, it’s that bad), I couldn’t help but write down the little lessons I learned from the series. The funny thing is that they can be translated into matters that are relevant in our current day and age. Therefore, I will be sharing the bits and bops of magic I have found with you, so make sure to read on.

Knowledge is power

One of my fave characters must be Hermione Granger. Such a smart girl. Always with her nose buried in the books. She’s the textbook example of being book smart. Having so much knowledge also led to her being the calm one in scary situations. What I am still envious of is Hermione’s bag from the last book where she could fit anything she could possibly need, being on the road for a year, in a little cross body bag. This has more to do with packing skills, but still.

Your choices show your character

Obviously, there’s a clear good and dark side of magic which each its followers. What is beautifully illustrated in the book is that your choices are what’s important. While some wizards were switching from side to side (yes, of course, I am referring to the Malfoys with this), your principles always come first.  To me, this can be simplified to thinking for yourself and not let outside impulses influence you (too much). I like to remind myself to one of Dumbledore’s quotes from the second book: “It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Failing is a first attempt, not an end

Even before the first book was published, author J.K. Rowling was struggling to get her book idea to publishers. After the skyrocketing success of the franchise, who would’ve thought that she was rejected by twelve other publishers before one took a chance on her? Crazy, knowing what the series worldwide success and fan base. It does teach and remind us that failing isn’t a way to end, it might just be an idea that hasn’t worked out yet.

What about you? Are you more a fan of the books or the movies? I like the details of the book while I love how awesome the movies portrayed the different character. I guess I can’t choose. What are your most important lessons from the Harry Potter series? Let us know in the comments below!

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