The Harry Potter series will always have a special place in my heart. “Always.” This series has gotten me through some of my lowest moments in my life. When I finally decide to have kids, I can’t wait to share the joy that I have when I hear “expecto patronum” or the loyalty I have to Hufflepuff…even though Pottermore has me classified as a Gryffindor.
That’s why when I heard they were turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a movie I was ecstatic. I get to go back to my happy place. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter I don’t have to worry about what’s going on at work, or which friends I haven’t heard from in a while, or how I’m going to finance my dreams. I only have to worry about Harry lashing back at Snape or how the Order of the Pheonix is going to conquer Voldy. Even though the series starts to turn dark after the Goblet of Fire, it never failed to keep me in my “dark place.” In fact, it is often a great escape for me when my life starts to feel grim. My big and dark problems are mediocre at Hogwarts.
I chose to re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for this month’s #BooksandBronzer to celebrate going back to the Wizarding World.
A big part of this book was the unearthing of Voldemort’s past and what led him to his dark and twisted fame. We learned about his mother falling in love with a muggle and then turning her back on her Slytherin bloodline after he left her. We learned about his unique upbringing in an orphanage. We saw how beloved he was at school by his future death eater followers and teachers. But the most astonishing part of all this is how alone he constantly was. Voldy trusted nobody and in the end, this catapulted his decline.
I’ve noticed that when things get dark for me I, like Voldemort, shut everyone out. I’m quick to put my phone on do not disturb and reply “everything’s fine just watching TV” when in fact I’ve been crying or sitting in the dark for hours. I used to be really proud of the fact that I was always so independent when licking my wounds. However, when I was reading the story this time around I felt so sad for myself and Lord Voldy. So when Dumbledore told Harry it was okay to tell Ron and Hermione about their private lessons I questioned why I felt so ashamed telling my friends that I was having a hard time. Was Harry not gearing up for the biggest fight of the Wizarding World? If they can help Harry carry the weight of being “The Chosen One,” why do I act like I have to figure out how I’m going to make friends in a brand new city by myself?
The fact is, dark times are ahead. So I’m taking the sorting hat’s advice and banning together with my friends to get through it.
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