Howdy! It’s been quite a hot day here in New Jersey, and it’s gotten me thinking about those first couple of chapters in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. The book starts out about how its so ungodly hot during the summer and Harry’s laying in his Aunt Petunia’s flower bed just trying to cool off and listen to the news.
When I started thinking about that moment in the first chapter, I realized that I was comparing a normal summer day to Harry Potter’s hot day. So I started thinking about how many other things I do in my every day life that reminds me of Harry Potter. The thought then snowballed into all the things that the characters in the books have said that have really changed my life forever. Not in the same way as this heat – I don’t really think that it being hot out is a specific link to Harry Potter. But there are some things that have been said, one of them being the name of this blog, that have really stuck with me. So here’s a brief list!
1. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black, Book 5
Damnit, Rowling, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me look at life as though everything were an observation. Let’s be fair – it is. Nonetheless, this is a very deep comment because it’s so true, and I’ve had many discussions with people where they’re friendly and great, but the second someone they deem inferior speaks to them, it’s like night and day. They become total jerks, and it really says a lot about their character.
2. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery.” – Hermione Granger, Book 1.
DON’T YOU DARE, HERMIONE! Books and cleverness is all that matters! Spoken like a true Ravenclaw.
I have nothing more to say except, thank you, Hermione, for giving me the greatest title for my blog.
3.”Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps it’s brain.” – Arthur Weasley, Book 2
A very wise man, Arthur Weasley. I often think of this quote in terms of the internet and phones. I can tell you with no hesitation that my phone is ALWAYS at my side. Even if I don’t look at it for hours on end, it’s right next to me. I am so dependent on this tiny piece of metal that I could easily break with my foot. And yet, it has the hold on me. I wouldn’t dare break it with my foot because then I’d be without it, and OH THE HORROR! But there’s like a mystical world beyond the touch screen that I don’t understand (can someone please explain “the cloud”??), and probably shouldn’t trust with my name and thoughts and things, but I do it anyway. I don’t think Mr. Weasley would agree with my choices…Hmph.
4. “The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.” – Severus Snape, Book 5
Yep! You got it, Professor! I’m a big advocate of therapy. I think it’s a wonderful thing to be able to have someone separate from your family, that is non-biased, to give you their honest opinion. That said, I’ve been to therapists where they’ve treated me as if they can read my every thought. They summed up my feelings into something easy to deal with and shrug the rest off. But that’s not how the mind works. It’s complex. I mean think of it this way: a song from 1999/2000 came on the radio the other day (Don’t Think I’m Not – Kandi) and I remembered every single word! The brain is capable of that! The brain is capable of remembering a pretty forgettable pop song from 15 years ago!
I just think that the mind needs to be respected. You can’t be in a successful conversation by assuming you know what the other person is thinking.
5. “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Albus Dumbledore, Book 1
Again, damn, JK Rowling! I have nothing to say. You summed it up.
6. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore, Book 3
Very true. I had a conversation about this with my boyfriend. I told him that ice cream is happiness, and that’s why I eat it so often. Even in the darkest times, I can go to the kitchen and the freezer light will turn on in silent appreciation and say, “hey, girl, here’s the ice cream. Go be happy.”
7. “The truth…It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” – Albus Dumbledore, Book 1
This is why I think so many people have a hard time being honest both to other people and to themselves. Owning up to mistakes, and being honest with yourself and being honest with other people is such a difficult and precious thing. It can be hard to tell the truth and risk hurting someone, or yourself, but it’s the right thing to do. However, I understand what Dumbledore is saying: if you’re delivering bad news to someone, tread lightly. Be respectful. Same goes with people telling you the truth. Be kind. No one should have to believe that they’re the worst in the world for being honest with themselves.
8. “For in dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” – Albus Dumbledore, Book 3
This is just how I live my life. I’m always off in my own world. Whether it’s reading books and being in that world, writing my own story and being in that world, or sleeping and being in a strange dream concoction of a world, I’m somewhere else. I love to be able to think to myself that last night when I was sleeping I was at a medieval jousting tournament and ended up talking to Shakespeare about Sonnet 116 for hours on end. The mind is a beautiful blessing.
9. “The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – Ginny Weasley, Book 6
This is something I’ve been practicing for quite some time. Trying to open myself up to thinking anything is possible if I put my mind to it. It’s something that is instilled in you as a child… You could be the President of the United States! You could be the next Bill Gates! But as we get older that drive to be anything and anyone is dulled down by people telling you that you need to be realistic. That’s why they teach you woodshop and computer classes in school – because you need to have some skill to take with you into “the real world.” But that’s not true. You can be what you want to be if you put your mind to it. If you don’t get discouraged by a negative review or a bad grade or just a general setback in life, you’ll be okay. Just keep pushing through it. You’ll be alright.
10. “Where’s the fun without a bit of risk?” – Fred Weasley, Book 5
Lastly, where is the fun without risk? I’ve learned this from many books: The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Eat Pray Love, and so much more. People that need to search for happiness and need to feel a sense of adventure, weren’t that happy to begin with. That’s not to say that there aren’t people out there that do adventurous things every day and just want a regular life. But I think if you were to ask any person that has had an adventurous life if they’d rather have had a regular one, they’d say no. And I’d bet that if you ask someone with a normal, non-adventurous life if they wish they’d done something more adventurous, they’d say yes. So mix it up now and then. Life is to be lived.
Thank you for reading about my favorite quotes from the books. I could name dozens more (I didn’t even add any from Luna Lovegood, my favorite character!) but I’ll leave it at this for now. I hope everyone is doing well and is staying out of the heat one way or another (pool, anyone?)!
Until next time!
If you have any of your favorite quotes you’d like to add, post them in the comments! I’d love to see what your favorites are! Or if you find a different meaning in any of the quotes I’ve posted, let me know that too! I like hearing your opinions. If you just want to say hi, you can do that too. You can also send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!