It’s the season for the muggles to be excited as the Harry Potter reunion is in the works and will be hitting the theaters soon. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know how heart-melting the picture of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert is. Whether you’re a Potterhead or not, the Harry Potter series is fun for all.
Streaming the Harry Potter movies in order is a great way to spend a long weekend. We’ve recommended this as a pastime but now we write this article to share with you the lessons from the world of wizardry. The lessons for all us muggles are filled with value and some of us may have these lessons in us this entire time.
- Happiness is a state of mind
To young Harry, he was burdened with fear of what’s to come. The wizards of Hogwarts didn’t do much to calm him down, but it was the wisdom-filled Albus Dumbledore in the Prisoner of Azkaban who reminded him of his inner light which is the beacon of happiness.
Deep down we all possess the beacon of happiness, which is gratitude. Exercising the tool of gratitude helps us embrace the challenges and circumstances of life. You can either ignore the problem or choose to harness the light within us. Always remember to be hopeful for the future because even one person can make the biggest difference.
- Don’t bottle up your emotions
We see this a lot in young Harry who is constantly suppressed by his family. That backfires when Hagrid comes crashing through the door to remind the young one “You’re a wizard, Harry”. During his journey, he is filled with excitement, fear, and the magic world influences him to cast more spells and use them to win and get ahead.
Just like Harry’s magic, our emotions cannot stay contained. They must be let out in a healthy way. We all saw the story of the teacher of potions, Severus Snape, who is cold and dark on the outside, and later in the series, we find out the reason for his stubborn nature (not going to spoil it).
- Banish the Boggarts in life:
Deep down, we all have Boggarts in our life. In the series, they are malevolent shape-shifting creatures who transform into things we fear the most. If you think about it, there are friends and people in your circle who demote you, bring up your insecurities and mock your traits.
These are the stealers of hope, and you must break relations with them and banish them for life. You don’t need that kind of negativity bringing you down in life. At the same time, you must face the fears and move on, just like Harry Potter following the scampering spider, despite the arachnophobia brewing inside.
- Beware of Dementors
Dementors are the hope-sucking creatures who are the most terrifying to encounter. They feed on your happiness leaving you down in the dumps. In real life, these are the kind of people that give rise to clinical depression. Harry already had a traumatic experience with his parents and the best way he could survive from them was to go away from them.
- Don’t let the Muggles get you down
The muggles in Harry Potter’s life were full of prejudice, discrimination, and stigmas. The Dursleys were mocking his magical abilities even though he was just starting. The muggle world labeled all the wizards as outcasts and freaks.
There are people like this in our life we must be careful of. At the same time, we should check whether we’re a muggle to someone in our life, constantly judging and bringing them down. The muggle’s views, just like the negative ones, go in the trash.
- Never hesitate to ask for help
Harry’s first instinct, before embarking on any adventure, is to go solo, partly because he doesn’t want to endanger anyone’s life. But in some of his endeavors, he finds himself trapped, for which friends would be helpful. His go-to people to reach for help are fearful Ron and smart Hermione.
Similarly, in life, there is no shame in asking for help. We all encounter battles in life that are best fought with the company. It could be something as simple as sitting together and listening to the problems, adding nothing but your presence. Be the help your friends need and don’t hesitate to ask.
- Self-love and self-care
Self-love empowers you to live a happy and fulfilled life. It is the art of learning your limits and maintaining them. If you recall Dobby the elf was working for the Malfoys and was putting himself through guilt and self-punishment. Above all, you should value your grounds and not get offended if others don’t like it.
- Grief comes but it must not stay
The series has moments of grief like the loss of Sirius, Dumbledore, Dobby, etc. The grief of the moment is inevitable, but it must not overstay. After the mourning, the characters must remember the lessons and good things, and move on. Grief should not hold the person back at all.
- Love conquers all
When you see Snape’s undying love for Lily, you know it was the reason for the change. When the trio of Ron, Hermione, and Harry stuck by each other in every calamity, it was because of love. Love is the emotion that sparks hope, keeps us motivated, and strengthens us to overcome all problems.
- Believing in yourself accomplishes anything
Belief is what drove Neville to slay the ferocious beast Nagini. It drove Dobby to freedom where he could spend the remainder of his years’ knitting socks. Belief also led Harry to defeat his arch-nemesis that had been plaguing his family, mind, and heart for years.
Believe in yourself and you’ll overcome every challenge of life. The power of belief plays a vital part in ticking goals and achieving dreams. No matter how impossible it looks, your belief will carry you from doubt to success.