5 Main Things Harry Potter Taught Us

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By Olivia Ryan.

Even though Rowling’s’ books about Harry Potter are primarily a literature for children, this is not the only age group that finds them to be brilliant. The reason for this lies in the fact that the Harry Potter series contain genuine wisdom and moral choices that apply to everyone.

The truth is, you can learn a lot from Harry Potter. You may fancy one Hogwarts house over another, but at the end, the main goal of the writer in these series is to ponder the reader’s approach to life. This is highly visible on every page of the books.



Those who have read the series know that lessons in Harry Potter are implemented in every chapter of every book. To help you focus on the key things, we created a list of the 5 most important lessons we learned from Harry Potter:

We can always make our choices

“It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter’s life is filled with orders, lack of attention and as some would say, torture from his family. However, once Harry visits Hogwarts and grows up, he learns that the most important decisions in his life are those he makes.

This lesson is recurring throughout the series, teaching us that we are the person who creates our future. Even the sorting hat gave Harry the choice to pick not to be assigned to Slytherin.

You need to face your fears to overcome them

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry is a brave person, which is something we can also see in the fact that he always calls Voldemort by his name. In addition to this, he faced all his fears from fighting the snake in the chamber of secrets to surrendering to Voldemort to save everyone else in the final battle.

While running from things we fear is safer and comforting, ignorance can only cause more problems in our lives. J.K. Rowling constantly reminds us of this lesson throughout the Harry Potter series.

All people are different and it’s great

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling pictured a complex society where people are extremely different. Some people are poor like Ron, while others are rich like Draco. Some are pure blood, while others are mudbloods. And finally, some are on the good side while others pick the bad side.

In such a complex society, Harry Potter paints the struggles we have in the real world. He is often forced to increase his understanding and accept that all people are different.

Giving Harry a great heart is not only a way to paint the main character. It is also a way to show others that you must accept people even if they are different from you. After all, he accepted Ron instead of Draco since the beginning, made Hermione his best friend even though she was not a pure blood and most importantly, saved Draco from the fire even though he was on Voldemort’s side.

There is no better lesson than that.

Genuine friendship is vital

”We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”― Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

A true friend is someone you die for. This is what you will learn by reading the Harry Potter series.

There will be many friends in your life, but only few will be on your side regardless of all. Harry built genuine friendship with many people, most of all Hermione and Ron.

We do not say that he was not as good of a friend to others. After all, it was Ginny he risked his life for in the Chamber of Secrets, Cedric he took back to his father and finally, the entire magic community when he surrendered to Voldemort.

True love lasts forever

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the series, love and magic are closely related. The biggest force behind Harry Potter’s strength and power does not lie in his magical abilities. It lies in his love.

It was his mother’s love that saved Harry at the beginning. It was love that kept everyone united and most importantly, it was love that gave Harry an advantage over Voldemort.

The Harry Potter books are filled with wisdom, which makes them a MUST HAVE addition to your bookshelf. Apply this wisdom in your life and start living life to its fullest.

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Olivia Ryan

Olivia is an incurable optimist who always sees the glass as half-full. She likes nature, knows how to enjoy silence and keen on writing for different websites as well as for https://www.aussiewritings.com. Meet her on Facebook and Twitter.


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