Everything I Ever Needed to Know… I Learned from ‘Harry Potter’

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Any fan of the Harry Potter series could instantly come up with several things the series taught them or ways it changed their lives. As one of these fans, my mind is instantly flooded with ways that Harry Potter and his friends taught me everything I need to know for life. I started reading the magical book series when I was in first grade, and I’ve been hooked on everything Potter ever since. Whether you’ve been a fan of the books forever or you’ve never read them, the Harry Potter series can teach you a few lessons, too!

First of all, one of the biggest things the Harry Potter series taught me was good things come in surprising packages. Harry meets many different people and creatures throughout his years in the wizarding world, and not all of them are what we would think of as “normal.” He befriends Hagrid, the half-giant, a house elf named Dobby, and several centaurs. His two best friends, Ron and Hermione, aren’t perfect or super model-esque. These books taught me to look past outward appearances and instead try to see what someone is like on the inside before I judge them. Often you’ll find that your first impressions that are based on appearances are far from accurate.

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Next, the series taught me that everyone is good at something. Throughout the series, Harry’s friend Hermione is depicted as the smartest witch in the school. Even though she seems like she’s the best in all of their subjects, everyone else has important strengths in different areas. Even Neville, a boy who is constantly forgetting things and seems destined to fail, is great in certain subjects and has a fierce loyalty that makes him a wonderful friend. Everyone may not be a math whiz or a genius with words, but we all have our strengths that make us who we are.

One of the most prominent themes of the series is the power of friendship. Without his friends, Harry could not have accomplished everything he did (namely defeating the most powerful dark wizard the world has ever known). He needed Ron and Hermione to help him along the way. Even though the trio had their fights and moments when it seemed like they would go their separate ways, they always pulled through and helped each other out. We all need friends to help us get through tough times. They’re an important part of life, and the best friends are always there for us, even when we think they’re not.

Finally, a huge part of the series is the power of love. For many of the books, Harry is protected from the dark wizard Voldemort by his mother’s love. His mother died to protect him, and that huge act of love helps shield Harry from evil. The books taught me that love is stronger than anything else I could possibly imagine. Harry only survives because of the love his parents had for him, the love his friends have for him, and the love he has for them all in return. The characters learn about the trials of romantic love, and through them I learned that someone you love will always be there for you and will be willing to make sacrifices and compromises for you.

The many themes and morals the Harry Potter series possesses are impossible to describe in one short article. I can say, however, that this book series has taught me more than I ever thought books could.


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Abbie Reetz
Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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Hi! I'm Abbie. I'm a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.

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