First of all, I just want to say that I’m sorry for thinking your name was Herman for the first few years of our acquaintance. I was 6-years-old and couldn’t understand the beautiful complexity that is your name. But I really am sorry, because I know how obnoxious it is to have people say or spell your name wrong (people are always spelling mine with a “y” instead of an “ie”).
Secondly, I want to say thank you. You’ve taught me so many great lessons that I know I’ll keep with me always. You showed me that it’s possible to be smart and witty and a good friend and a good person all at once. It can be hard for me to remember that I can succeed in all the areas of my life. Sometimes I think we all feel like we have to give things up to excel in one particular thing. You taught me that I can do well at lots of things at the same time. I don’t have to give up social skills to be good at school. I don’t have to give up on studying so I can help others. I can be a good person and a successful person at the same time.
You also showed me that doing well in school doesn’t make you a nerd or a know-it-all. It just means you’re good at some things, and that’s awesome. I feel like young kids today repeatedly see the message that it isn’t cool to know the answers to the questions teachers ask. They’re taught by the media and their peers that it is better to be quiet in class or to tease the kids who speak up than it is to apply themselves. You taught me to be proud of my knowledge and that it’s okay that I enjoy school.
You were one of my biggest role models growing up, and I still look up to you to this day. You taught me the importance of being a good friend and being there for the people I love. You never left Harry or Ron’s side, even when things got tough or even when you weren’t getting along with them. You were always there for them, even when they may not have noticed or appreciated it, and I think that’s something that deserves a huge amount of respect.
I always thought you kicked ass (even before you slapped Malfoy), and you’re someone I aspire to be like. You are so clever and so full of love and kindness. You showed me that it is important to stand up for what I believe in and not to settle for less than I deserve. In fact, the many lessons you taught me shaped my adolescence, and I will never be able to repay you for that.
I’m really glad you and Ron ended up together (he was always my favorite of the boys you knew). I think his goofiness balances your tendency to be a bit serious perfectly. I could not imagine a cute or more well-suited pair, and I wish you both and all of your genius red-headed children all the best in life.
Thank you for helping me become the person I am today.
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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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