This is written by my sister Rashi. We have together grown up and found these books a beacon of hope in trials and tribulations. When she heard I had a contest going on, she of course quickly tried to find time and furnished this piece. I hope you all enjoy this write up as part of the festival 🙂


my darling sister Rashi 🙂

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” But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.”

I know many of you have been saying that Harry Potter started as a children’s book. But what I have always seen is Rowling’s subtle ways of understanding philosophies and presenting to them at right times. One of the most memorable ones is of course the stark difference between choosing your destiny and being forced into it. Something about choices we make, this element is scattered all through the series.

How Harry despite always wanting to stay out of trouble through a series of choices, all centered around friendship and courage, is finally able to defeat the darkest wizard of all times. 

“Its our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”

And of course the best of all. 

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
As a child what would you have understood from these three quotes could not be taught to you within the four walls of school. Of course one could say other forms of literature also teaches similar stuff. But then I would say other forms of literature do not also teach you to look out for a 9 3/4 station everywhere. See Harry Potter teaches you life lessons and instills an insight for miracles as well. Even today at twenty two I look at a pillar on some random platform and imagine a hogwarts train on the other side.

The images that I carry of this book have made me a dreamer. It has taught me that yes people are not what they seem, they need to be understood in better ways. It taught me that Sirius was a wanted criminal for many and the only chance of kinship for harry. Life is not what it seems. We know this but Harry Potter tried to teach this in a children’s book, not through Dr. Seuss. 

Its a real life example I am quoting here, whenever at work or somewhere else I am required to think out of box I remember this quote:

“Of course its happening inside your head Harry,but why on earth should that not mean that it’s not real?”

Harry Potter taught me life’s biggest lesson, no matter how bleak the things look, even if the worst of worst kinds of wizards with their potentially death inducing spells are after your life- it isn’t over if you don’t say it is. 

This is written for Harry Potter Festival 

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