Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Happy Birthday to the boy that lived! He is 38 years old today!

9780439136365_xlgMy daughter is the one that got me into this beloved series. When she was in grade school, she told us that she wanted to go to the launch for Goblet of Fire. We agreed, but we did not know how popular the series was until we stepped through the doors of the local Barnes and Noble. Worker bees ran around as they kept the fans entertained. There was a sorting hat for pictures, butter beer experiments, and various activities for the kids. For the parents, we grabbed the books to see why these books were so popular. There I was, on the floor with my husband, and I reluctantly grabbed Prisoner of Azkaban. By the end of the night, I was hooked. I fell for Harry, Hermione, Ron, Sirius, and everyone else in this world. I grabbed my daughter’s books and read them in a couple of days. When the series ended, it was bitter sweet. This world was closed, or so we thought. Every year, I pick up the books to re-read them and I find these nuggets of wisdom that should be told to all those young and old. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. My favorite and the most apropos for the time we are living in is: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.” – Half-Blood Prince
  3. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – Goblet of Fire
  4. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” – Goblet of Fire
  5. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” –  The Deathly Hallows
  6. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Chamber of Secrets
  7. “We are all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” – The Deathly Hallows.
  8. “You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?” – Prisoner of Azkaban
  9. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Goblet of Fire
  10. “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”  Order of Phoenix

Since the ending of the series, J.K. Rowling has continued to feed fans more and more with the help of Pottermore and the Fantastic Beasts and because of that I feel that she has helped raise a generation and I want to thank her for that.

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