5 Things I Learned About Love from Harry Potter
I have a nerdy confession. When I was applying to college, I wrote my Common Application essay about Harry Potter. Dumbledore, to be specific. Don’t worry, I didn’t claim he was my personal hero or anything too dramatic. One of the essay prompts was: “Describe a character in fiction, an historical figure or a creative work that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.” The sixth book in the HP series, The Half-Blood Prince, had just come out that summer, and I was rocked by the events of the last few chapters. (No spoilers, but it’s been 10 years since the book came out, sooo…) I wrote about my devastation, my indignation and my feeeeeeelings. I loved Dumbledore! I loved the books!
5. Nothing is greater than a mother’s love. Of course, the most important love of the whole series — the one responsible for legacy of The Boy Who Lived — is that of a mother and son. Lily Potter died for Harry, and as Dumbledore explains again and again, that protection is more powerful than any dark magic. JKR even bookmarks the story with Molly Weasley killing Bellatrix Lestrange to save Ginny, saying, “Not my daughter, you bitch!” BOOM. As any child out there will assert: You do NOT eff with a mother’s love.
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