20 Life Lessons I Learned from the Harry Potter Series
As many of you might already have heard from Potter-fan friends and family, Monday (June 26th) was the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone being published for the first time in the UK. Though we here across the pond in the U.S. hadn't yet been introduced to the imaginative, fun, brilliant world of Harry Potter, I feel that it's only right to give a little tribute to the beginning of many kids' journeys to loving books. You may have been on of those kids. Or maybe your friends were.
Either way, it was a series that got a lot of my classmates to start reading outside of school--and not only reading, but actually enjoying what they were reading. As a writer and lover of books, I think that's certainly something worth commemorating.
So here are 20 things from the series that resonated with me, personally.
Even when your home life isn't good, having strong friendships with good people can pull you through the worst of times.
DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
A big part of courage is trusting yourself.
Trying to live up to (or live down) your family's legacy hinders your ability to truly be your own person.
Always take the time to have a little bit of fun. Having a sense of humor is more important than we know.
Even if they're super strict, the right teachers care about their students and do whatever they can to help them.
No one is wholly good and few are wholly evil.
Books are great tools of education, but life experiences are equally important for growth.
Our insecurities can be our worst enemies.
Family can be found anywhere, not just in your gene pool.
Hiding your pain can be harmful to not only yourself, but to others. It's okay to lean on your friends. They're your support system for a reason.
There's more than one side to every story. Don't pass judgment until you've heard them all.
Someone's age has no correlation to their wisdom, experience, or abilities.
Holding onto grudges hurts you more than it hurts anyone else.
Keeping secrets isn't always the best way to keep people safe.
Change is a necessary part of life. Traditions are a good way to pay homage to the past, but never trying to adapt to the world around you puts you at a big disadvantage.
Bad people come in all forms. There's no model. (Delores Umbridge. 'Nuff said.)
There's always a little bit of truth to every legend.
You can never know what it's like to live someone else's life. Don't make assumptions.
Sometimes, we have to be our own heroes.