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Lessons Learned From Harry Potter

May 20, 2009 - Kim Collette
I'll admit it now....I'm somewhat of a geek so to speak.  Why?  I absolutely the Harry Potter series.  I own all 7 books (which by the way I've read) and all 5 movies that have been released (which I've watched over and over again).  Yes, I know  that this is a "kids" series, but I honestly think there are lessons adults can learn from Harry Potter too.

1.The Importance of Friends: It's always much easier to deal with a personal challenge with support from your "peeps".  My favorite band (which is The Beatles) knew this too when they sang "I get by with a little help from my friends."  Harry struggles when he does not  rely on his friends and mentors.  But, on the flip side, he is at is best we he does rely on them.  None of us are our BEST until we work together with others.

2.True Friends Stick By You:
Hermione and Ron are Harry's best friends throughout all 7 books.  This happened even though Harry wasn't always the best friend to them.  (Example:  The Goblet of Fire)  You're REAL friends will put up with your stubborness, crankiness and all of your short comings and least attractive qualities.  They might tell you to "stuff it" every once in awhile, but they'll stick by your side anyway!

3.Play To Your Strengths But Acknowledge Your Weakness:
  Everyone has strengths and weaknesses.  Even the witches and wizards in Harry Potter.  Harry shows  this the most during the Tri-Wizard Tournament.  He uses his skillful riding of a Nimbus 2000 to defeat the dragon in the first leg of the tournament.  You too can overcome challenges by "playing" to your strengths.  Voldemort's downfall was not acknowledging his weaknesses.  All Voldemort wanted was ultimate power that he thought could beat anyone and anything.  His inability to realize he still had weaknesses ultimately led to his death. So....ignore your weaknesses at your own risk....

4.Ultimately You Must Do It Alone:  I know I just told you twice that you must have friends who are tried and true.  However, we are the only ones who can choose our own course in life.

5.Our Thoughts Don't Determine Our Character:
  In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry worries about the evil thoughts he keeps having. Sirius reminds him his thoughts don't determine  if Harry is good or evil, but which thoughts he chooses to act on does.  Even if our thoughts are out of control and scattered, we still have control over our actions.  Which thoughts we actually  act upon determine our character.

6.Don't Wear a Horcrux Around Your Neck:
  Horcrux is defined as any object that a person conceals a part of their soul in.  We all have "horcruxes".  You know what I mean; the love letters from an ex, a coffee mug from an old job that you got fired from....These things stop us from being in the "moment".  They draw attention to the past and don't let you truly move on.  Rid yourself of any horcruxes.

7.Perceptions Aren't Always True:
  We're all guilty of this.  You see a person and you immediately perceive them to be a "certain" way. might not even be right!  In Harry Potter, the biggest example is  Professor Snape.  From the beginning it seems as thought Snape has it in for Harry.  By the end of the series we find out he was actually on Harry's side.  Remember, things aren't always what the seem!

8.Love is More Powerful Than Fear: Throughout the series Voldemort's power is based on fear alone.  For awhile this control with fear works, but it eventually breaks down.  The power Harry has is love.  Harry and his friends bond is through love.  This is what gives them the courage to defeat Voldemort. 

I've learned a lot from Harry Potter even though I am WELL past the teen years.  I can't wait to see what is in store for us on July 15 when Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince movie is released!

Until next time friends!

P.S. Potter fans out there:  The Deathly Hallows movie will be broken into 2 parts. Part 1 is slated to be released November 19, 2010 and Part 2 is due in theaters July 15, 2011.


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