Reading Harry Potter as an adult

I started re-reading the Harry Potter series in February and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. Diving back into the wizarding world after years of not reading the books or watching the movies was, needless to say, magic. My life has been consumed by Harry and company and I’m loving it!

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Reading Harry Potter as an adult is very different than reading it as a child. I started watching the movies with my eight year old niece and she’s really enjoying them. I’m so excited for her to experience this world for the first time.

Here are a few things I’ve learned from reading Harry Potter as an adult that I hope my niece can take away from reading it for the first time.

Friendship can get you through anything

Harry, Ron and Hermione proved that good friends will get you through anything. Be that battles with Dementors, Death Eaters or Dolores Umbridge to a few normal teenager stuff like school exams and dating.

Money can’t buy happiness

Harry was left a vault of gold from his parents but all he wanted was a loving family. Ron on the other hand, had to grow up wearing second hand robes and using second hand books but he had a loving family. Ron may have been jealous of Harry’s money, but what Ron had is what harry longed for his whole life.

Heartbreak happens but true love always lasts

It’s sad but that’s life. Just like Harry and Cho, Ron and Lavender and Lily and Snape, sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. These books show is that life goes on, people recover and even death isn’t something that needs to be feared. As Dumbledore said “Death is but the next great adventure.” Even through death, love can always last. Love is a very strong theme throughout the series. It shows that if you love someone completely it can never be undone. Lily’s love for Harry protected him and Snape’s love for Lily paved his path after her death.

Harry Potter taught us that true love lasts forever and just because someone dies, that doesn’t mean our love for them does, and I think that’s a comforting lesson we can all take from these books.

Let me know what you took after from reading Harry Potter. I’d love to know!

The toilets in the Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book. Signatures of everyone joining Dumbledore’s Army.

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