Why Harry Potter is Larger than Life?
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Why Harry Potter is Larger than Life?

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  • Appearance is Shallow as they hide the most significant things
    Hagrid, a half-troll who served as Hogwarts’ gamekeeper and later became Professor of Care of Magical Creatures, is the clearest illustration of this. He was a wonderful friend who was compassionate, loyal, fierce, and loving. Whether we’re talking about Dumbledore, Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, or anyone else, he was always there to help the people he cared about. When someone fell, he was always there to catch them. 
  • We’re all afraid of what we can or have done.
    Dumbledore is the clearest example of this; despite knowing every detail about where and how to destroy the Horcruxes, he did not inform Harry right away, instead he left him hints and hoped. he would piece them together. Why would he do such a thing?

Well, he realised he couldn’t be trusted with authority and power after his only sister Ariana died while he was duelling with Gellert Grindelwald. To find knowledge and power alongside Grindelwald for the greater good (finding of the Deathly Hallows), he ignored his obligations as a decent brother to his sister Ariana and Aberforth. That’s why he believed that if he could be corrupted by power, so could Harry. Dumbledore turned down the job of Minister of Magic three times because of this.

  • Do Not Pity the Dead, pity those who live without love.
    Dumbledore’s lovely phrase reminds us that what we’ve lost is gone forever. Rather than grumbling and screaming about it, we should be grateful for what we have now. He said this because, without love, Voldemort only dreaded his own death, not the deaths of others, as we’ve seen throughout the story. We witnessed how he couldn’t manage Harry’s mind because he had never experienced love. Love is not a weak emotion; it offers us a cause to be grateful for what we have.
  • Three stories where love played an important role.
    Lord Voldemort never knew love and his parents. His father was unaware of his existence because he was born under the influence of a love potion and his mother was too weak to perform even the most basic of magic when she gave birth to him because she had lost her will to live.

    Why? Because when Voldemort was on the verge of being born, she stopped giving his father the love potion, and he quickly snapped out of it, refusing to identify her and left. 

Growing up at an orphanage, he was just obsessed with achieving every prized possession that he could find including the three of the four founders of Hogwarts (Hufflepuff’s cup, Ravenclaw’s Diadem and Slytherin’s locket). For him, Hogwarts was the one place where he felt at ease and could call home.

Severus Snape had terrible parents (a witch mother and a Muggle father) who were always fighting, and the only reason he wanted to live was for Lily Potter, for whom he gave his life.

Harry Potter had a traumatic childhood as well. His relatives hated him and never expressed love or affection for him. Despite this, Harry found love at Hogwarts because he was humble, compassionate, and not afraid to put himself out there. For Harry also, Hogwarts was the only place where he felt he belonged. A place where he had people who cared about him.

These examples show how they virtually had the same start but chose different paths. Lord Voldemort (Path of Fear), Severus Snape (Harry’s Guardian), and Harry Potter (Path of being the Chosen One). Remember what Dumbledore said: “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!

  • We neglect one other (The young neglect the elderly and vice versa).
    The elderly forget that they were once youthful and naive, just like young people today, and thus give them a hard time. As Dumbledore wisely put it, “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. And I seem to have forgotten, lately.”
  • Even the Smallest Creatures feel Pain.
    We’ve all seen how the Malfoys treated Dobby, the house-elf. We all adore him, so we were the happiest when he was let free and the saddest when he died, but we were a little relieved that he died in Harry’s arms. 

With that in mind, there were three elves in the HP series (Hokey, Winky and Kreacher). They’ve all been the victims of some sort of crime. Hepzibah Smith’s elf was Hokey (she was the one from whom Voldemort stole Hufflepuff’s cup and Slytherin’s locket by killing her and blaming it all on the elf, of course, by altering her memories).

Winky was Barty Crouch Senior’s elf and she was held responsible for the dark mark’s appearance during the World Cup 1994. Despite the fact that her master knew everything, she later joined Dobby in the Hogwarts kitchen, but she was always crying, thinking it was a waste because a House elf is supposed to serve its masters.

Kreacher was an elf from Grimmauld Place who used to serve the Black family, who believed in the Pureblood nonsense. As a result, Kreacher was imbued with that worldview. Only Sirius remained in the black family for him to serve. Sirius used to treat him badly since he was a live reminder of the home he despised as a child, and his lack of respect for him eventually led to Kreacher’s betrayal.

Black was continually frustrated as he was cooked up in the house in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoneix, and one day he told Kreacher to leave. So he went to the Malfoys, where he was well-liked, despite the fact that he couldn’t reveal the location of the order. However, he did get in that Sirius was very important to Harry. That’s why Voldemort showed Harry a vision of him crucifying Sirius.

Dumbledore tells Harry everything at the end of the book (Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, and the following quote sums it up best: “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

Elves have always been abused by wizards. Harmione formed SPEW (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) in response to what she saw as gross unfairness in the exploitation of house-elves (Winky) during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.

  • Courage and Strength may come from the Most Unexpected Places.
    We’ve met some of history’s most powerful magicians throughout the film. We’ve also seen the most hopeless characters, such as Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, Lily Potter, James Potter, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin, Regulus Black, Narcissa Malfoy, and others, turn out to be the most fearless.

They were the brave heroes who fought their way in despite being pushed. By being the wisest and most fearless, they saved the lives of those around them.

Albus Dumbledore’s two quotes that sum it up are:

  1. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
  2. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
  • Choosing between right and easy
    Life is hectic, and we always have two options: one is easy, where all we have to do is follow, and the other is right, where we must battle for what we desire. The issues in the HP film were similar: those who wanted things easy joined Lord Voldemort, while those who realised he was wrong fought against him.
  • We are who we are because of our choices.
    We are all incredibly distinct, brilliant, and skilled individuals. Despite this, there are moments when we must make judgments that have nothing to do with our ability and that actually determine our future. The best example is Voldemort, who, despite possessing all of the knowledge and power, choose to dominate the world via violence and fear.

As wonderfully put together by Dumbledore: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

  • Great Knowledge is attained with great pain.
    Dumbledore is widely regarded as the greatest wizard of all time. And, as previously stated, his capacity for knowledge rendered him untrustworthy in his own eyes. During the Half-Blood Prince novel, when he and Harry went to a cave in quest of the 3rd Horcrux.

    He was mumbling under his breath as he drank the potion “It’s all my fault, please make it stop, I know I did wrong. Don’t hurt them. hurt me instead, KILL ME!” To be clear, he was reliving the moment when Grindelwald was duelling with his brother Aberforth and his sister Ariana died in the midst of the chaos.

One of his best sherbet lemon-sized nuggets of wisdom: “You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? Do you think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?”

  • We should celebrate our individuality.
    HP taught us it’s okay to be weird. It’s okay to be different from others. The best example is Luna Lovegood, also named by her classmates ‘Loony’ because of her unusual perspective and theories. She embodies her house’s true attention and intelligence.

Harmione was also one of her kind, She was bossy, bookish and intelligent. And used to get on everyone nerves for her abundance of knowledge about everything. No wonder, she became the Minister of Magic in the future.

  • Expectations from family are acceptable, but doing the right thing is crucial.
    We’ve seen how the Malfoy family has been the purveyors of Pure Blood connections throughout the film, and how Draco has mockingly referred to Hermione as a Mudblood (Dirty blood). Snape called Lily (Harry’s mother) a mudblood in the novels because she was hanging out with his arch-enemy James Potter. As a result, Lily severed all ties with her childhood buddy Snape. For a Muggle-born or Half-blood wizard, it is a derogatory term.

So, returning to the Malfoys, we all feel sorry for Draco by the conclusion of Harry Potter because he was only doing what his family wanted him to do. He was terrified, much like his father and mother, and as a result, he became a Death Eater. However, he later made amends by doing the right thing and assisting Harry. He defied his family’s customs by instilling values in his son Scorpius, particularly regarding muggle-borns.

Sirius Black, despite being from a prominent black family, detested his family motto, Toujours Pur, which translates to “Always Pure” in French.

There are slews of other reasons why Harry Potter is bigger than life. Because the blog is growing in size, I’ll publish PART 2 to address it. Guys, stay tuned!

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