• Emily Formea

Life Lessons from Harry Potter

1. Be yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be the quirky, weird, and sometimes odd Luna Lovegood than the bully that is Draco Malfoy. I think Harry Potter really teaches us a lesson about being a good person and being yourself. Look at the dream team. Harry is an outsider with a hard past that people hold against him. Ron is the forgotten child from a family of misfits. Hermione is the know-it-all, try-hard who can seriously be bossy from time to time, but they are all themselves. They are all good people deep down. They all shine where they should and they lean on one another where their candles may not burn as brightly. Luna Lovegood is arguably one of the kindest, most genuine characters and she is wacky! Be yourself, be crazy, bold, quiet, or loud. But, above all else, be kind.

2. Magic is real.

I believe in magic. I believe in the power of our own minds, dreams, and

aspirations. I believe that the Universe is a powerful being that wants good

for us; we just sometimes get in the Universe’s way. I believe there is magic in the world. I believe that illnesses can all of sudden be cured; that lives can be changed for the better; that people are innately good and can make such an impact. I believe that people are good people and that if we all believed in the magic of kindness, compassion, hope, and desire, the world would be as magical as the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

3. Trust is the most important element of friendship.

Without trust, we are nothing. Without friendship we are nothing. Peter Pettigrew showed us this in Harry Potter. The strongest bond on this Earth is true friendship, but the way to break that spell is by breaking your trust amongst your friends. Peter turned in his friendship for power and ended up with nothing. I think when we envy, become jealous, become self-centered and self-seeking when we believe we don’t need our friends and money, fame, power, and fortune shield us from the love we have surrounding us, it can get messy. It can get painful. It can also get undoable. Peter could never go back and regain his friendship once he betrayed them. Be a good friend. Trust in your friends and show your friends trust. Friendship is everything; power is not.

4. People are not always what they seem.

You must protect your own magic. Professor Quirrel seems like a loving and intelligent professor who simply wants the best for Harry, but Harry and his friends are weary. I know this is sort of against my previous point because I do believe in the innate good of people, however, not all people believe in the innate good of themselves.

Protect your energy and magic from people who are not as they seem. If you have a friend who doesn’t seem to be a friend, doesn’t always act like one, if you have colleagues who are conniving and have no respect for their fellow employees, if you know of people who are only in life for themselves and their own benefit… leave Professor Quirrel at the door.

You are in charge of your own life, energy, journey, and wellbeing. Do not let someone else dictate who you are, what you are capable of, or where you are going. People are not always as they seem and whether we welcomed these people into our lives or we allowed them to stay, it is our job to remove them when they take off their hate and reveal their true colors and intentions.

5. “Everyone dies, but some really never live.”

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes from Dumbledore in Harry Potter. Promise yourself right now to live. Promise yourself to take risks and welcome failures. Be in awkward situations and have some regrets. Grow and expand and learn and mess up. Try new things that don’t work then try more new things. Date people. Make new friends. Chase your dreams! We all die, but some never live. So, what is scaring you from living? What is holding you back from fully shining? It can’t be the fear of death, we all have that. Could it possibly be the fear of living?


XO Emily

Sincerely, XO Emily || 2020

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