6 Important Things Harry Potter Taught Me About Life

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When it comes to Harry Potter, I still get sad that the series is over. I don't know about you, but there wasn't a dry eye in the theater of the final movie. Looking back on it when I would stay up until the wee hours of the night as a young teen reading the books until my eyes hurt, I never realized how much those books taught kids about life. My mom was so against them for fear that it was the "devil's work" when really, Harry Potter probably taught me more useful information about life than any class I ever took in high school or college. Especially calculus. Why on Earth I would ever need to know calculus is beyond me.

1. Everyone is fighting their own battles, no matter how big or small.

Harry has his issues with Voldemort. Hermione is taunted for having muggle parents. Ron's family isn't the richest. No matter what character is introduced, they all have their own battles that they are fighting. The books taught us to honor everyone's misfortunes as equal rather than compare whose problems are worse.

2. Life is a riddle.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, am I right? These kids endure the worst possible situations throughout the course of these books. The great thing is that the adults in their lives never really tell them point blank how to handle a situation or how to get out of a bind. Rather, the trio is forced to figure out the riddles on their own which inevitably prepares them for the real world. Er, magic world outside of Hogwarts.

3. It's important to have a good mentor.

Whether it's your dad, your mom, your aunt, your piano teacher, or Dumbledore, it's really vital that you have a good mentor. Without the guidance of a mentor, Harry would have fallen apart on multiple occasions. Sometimes our emotions run high and it's easy to blow things out of proportion or overreact. But with the help of a mentor, this is far less likely to happen.

4. People die.

In all seriousness, I don't think anything could have prepared me for death in the real world than Harry Potter. You realize that some people die for the betterment of other people. You also learn that death is something that is never your fault. As a child, that's probably the hardest thing to understand. Thank you, Harry Potter.

5. But that's why you have two best friends who are secretly in love with each other.

And after people die, you have the help of your two best friends to keep you sane. Your two best friends don't have to be in love with each other, but hey, they totally might be. Harry Potter showed me that it's important that you don't have a million friends but rather one or two close friends that are trustworthy and loyal.

6. Magic is cool.

If I didn't already know this, I do now. If nothing else, Harry Potter taught me how much the real world sucks and how awesome the magic world is. He also taught me what it means to be incredibly jealous of their butter beer drinks and quidditch games.
About the author: Carly is a blogger for Smith security, a provider of home security systems. She is a huge fan of Harry Potter and it's a goal of hers to attend Harry Potter World in the near future.

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