J. K. Rowling is an author who seemingly came out of nowhere yet in just a few short years she captivated the hearts of millions. Children and adults alike were spellbound by the magical world of Harry Potter and year upon year the fandom continued to grow.
While the Harry Potter series may be primarily aimed at youngsters, as we watched Harry, Hermione, and Ron grow from children to adults J. K. Rowling taught us some valuable life lessons.
Her legendary coming of age story is one of loss, love, belief, and friendship, lessons that will no doubt be as valuable a century form now as they are today. That said, here’s seven of those lessons to remind you just what J. K. Rowling has taught us…
1. A Good Heart Outweighs Great Talent
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- Albus Dumbledore. When all is said and done, living kindly is far more important than living famously. Making the right choices is what counts, not how well we can do certain things.
2. Bravery Comes In Many Forms
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” - Albus Dumbledore. While this lesson was only a minor part of the Harry Potter series it’s certainly one of the most memorable and I think it’s something we should all hold dear and remember frequently.
3. Life Is To Be Lived
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”This is a lesson J. K. Rowling taught us outside of her writing yet it’s a lesson that we ought to remember daily. Live boldly, live freely, and live without fear of failure.
4. Everyone Should Be Respected
Many of Harry’s friends are shunned in the wizarding world for a variety of reasons (Luna because she’s quirky and Dobby because he’s an elf) but despite what society teaches him Harry continuously treats everyone with respect no matter their standing in the world. He gives everyone a chance, sometimes many. Take Draco Malfoy for example – despite being Harry’s adversary throughout the series Harry still saves his life when all is said and done. He still gives him a chance to be a better person.
5. How To Really See People
“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”- Sirius Black. Don’t be so quick to befriend someone just because he smiles at you. Be sure to see all of people, not just the side they want you to see.
6. You’re Never Too Old For Children’s Stories
As I said earlier, the Harry Potter series has enchanted millions of children and adults alike, proving that you’re never too old to read children’s stories. No matter what life throws at you and no matter your age, I think we all need to embark on a magical reading adventure once in a while. In the words of Alan Rickman, “When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’And I’ll say, ‘Always.’”
7. Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
Okay, so this one follows an age old saying but the saying really rang true when Severus Snape finally revealed what lay beneath his frightful exterior. Despite casting him as one of the most hated characters for the best part of all seven books, come the final few chapters J. K. Rowling finally revealed Snape’s motives, suddenly washing away all the hatred you’d felt for him. You never know what battles people are fighting so be kind. Don’t jump to conclusions.