Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Harry Potter Quotes and I

Wingardium Leviosa! 

To say that I am a fan of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling would be an understatement- I think the word, “obsessed” would be more appropriate. I’ve read all the books and seen the movies on more than one occasion. I search the Internet for interesting articles about the series, its characters, and the author. I listen to cast interviews, and watch behind the scene footage on YouTube. I’ve even joined the Pottermore website where I play games, and unlock the secrets of the Harry Potter universe. I suppose the only thing I haven’t done to satiate my Harry Potter obsession is buy merchandise and memorabilia online, since I’m not at a point in my life to financially give in to my every whim and fancy.

I recently started reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series for you Muggles, for the umpteenth time when the idea for this blog post came to me. I started to compile a list of some quotes from Harry Potter that have impacted my life which I intend to share with my readers in the following post. I hope you enjoy!

“Constant vigilance!”- Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The meaning of this quote in the Harry Potter universe is obvious. Voldemort and his followers want to kill us, so we need to be vigilant and careful. In my magic free existence, this quote reminds me to be aware of my surroundings, and the people I surround myself with. 

“Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid that you’ll be in this cabin for a very long time.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

It’s quite simple actually: everyone is not going to like or accept me for who I am and what I stand for. We are all different, born with our own personalities and quirks, and there are some people that will never understand. So, should I change myself to fit the mould? Hell to the no! I’ll do Garvin ‘til the end, and not hide in my proverbial cabin! 

 “Differences in habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

As a language student, and budding world traveler this quote holds true. I try to approach new cultures, experiences, and differences in opinions with openness. I am willing to listen, try something new, or see the world from someone else’s point of view. In doing so, I’ve realized that, most times, we all want the same thing at the end of the day, like to live our dreams, have the life we want, experience love etc.

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

When I first read this quote, it was an “Aha!” moment for me. It helped me to overcome my fear of the dark as I found that if I memorized where everything was, and always left things in their place, that I can walk into a dark room or my apartment at night with no fear. Uncle Alby had a point! However, I’m still working on the whole death thing!

“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on!” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

A nice reminder from Dumbledore that life has its ups and downs. I’ve fell down at times, and will fall down again in the future. What matters is that I learn something from the bad times, get up, dust myself off, and keep going, lest life passes me by. P.S. It’s not as easy as I’m making it seem.

“You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Two words: True Friendship! I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this kind of friendship, and I thank God.

“Not my daughter, BITCH!”- Molly Weasley, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

No power like a MOTHER’S LOVE! That is all!

And much like a mother's love, my love for Harry Potter will never end!

Until the next post! CHAO!