10 Magical Lessons Harry Potter Taught Muggles Everywhere

10 Magical Lessons Harry Potter Taught Muggles Everywhere

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The Harry Potter books are my favorite of all time...always. I have always loved the magical, daring, and adventurous world of Harry Potter. It has always been more than a book series to me. It's been an escape into a different world, and a world that says that anything is possible. I will forever argue that the Harry Potter series is one of the best ever written, not only for the realistic depiction of a magical world, but for the lessons and values that Harry Potter has instilled into millions of people who love it just as much as I do.

The lessons that Harry Potter has taught us will forever hold a place in my heart, and here's why.

1. Be brave

Whether it was Neville Longbottom standing up to his friends, Harry Potter taking on Voldemort for the 104893 time, or Ron Weasley going into his Quidditch match without the Liquid Luck, bravery was apparent within this series. We learned that bravery takes many forms, and that courage isn't always being the one to slay the dragon. Whether it was being a part of Dumbledore's Army or the Order of the Phoenix, courage means being apart of something bigger than yourself. Even if it means giving your life for the cause.

2. Be kind

Just about every character in the Harry Potter series showed us how to be the good. Harry, Hermione, and Ron's friendship really exemplified what it meant to be kind to one another. Throughout the series, they always showed up for one another, no matter the consequences. Life or death situations, relationship problems, or just being a listening ear was shown in these books by the trio. It showed what being kind can do for people. Sirius Black opened up his home, so that Harry would have a real family, much like Lily and James Potter did for Sirius by being such good friends to him.

3. Take risks

Sirius Black said it best, "What's life without a little risk?" Harry Potter is arguably one of the biggest risk-takers in literature. He does what he needs to do whether it means he may get killed or not. Not only does he take risks, but he does it for those who may have never done anything for him. He frees Dobby from the grasp of the Malfoys who had abused him for years. He saved Malfoy and his friends in the Room of Requirement from the fire when the only thing they had ever done for him was make his life absolutely terrible. Taking risks was just what Harry did.

4. Love with your whole self

I think that this is one of the biggest lessons that came from the Harry Potter series. A large takeaway from the series is that Lily's love saved Harry from Voldemort. This exemplifies true love, giving your own life so that your child can have theirs. It's the ultimate sacrifice. Snape loved Lily, so he gave his life for Harry in the end. It wasn't all about death, though. Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Bill and Fleur, Lily and James, Lupin and Tonks, and so many others in the series showed us how many different forms love can take. In the end, his parents love is what brought Harry to victory. Without the love of his friends, Harry would have never been able to defeat evil. One of the most moving scenes in the entire series is when the Order of the Phoenix comes to stand beside Harry and put their lives on the line for love. This is what the series is all about.

5. Never forget where you came from

Although Harry didn't have the best childhood with the Dursleys, he didn't forget who helped him to become the person that he became. A very powerful scene in the "Deathly Hallows" was Harry saying goodbye to the Dursleys. Dudley says to Harry, "I don't think you're a waste of space," and proceeds to shake Harry's hand. I think that this scene gives a feeling of coming full circle to the readers. We see that, even though Vernon and Petunia may never come to the same realization, that Dudley really did care for Harry the entire time. Harry always talked with others about his parents and jumped at the chance for anyone who knew them to tell the stories of them. He truly never forgot where he came from.

6. Find the everyday magic, and hold onto it

Obviously, the world of Harry Potter had lots of magic, lots of times. This is one of the basic points of the book, Harry is a wizard, and the books are based on magical happenings. But, this isn't what I'm trying to say. The everyday magic wasn't transfiguration, herbology, defense against the dark arts, or potions. It was the little moments that made the characters come together. Hagrid making Harry a birthday cake on his 11th birthday, Mrs. Weasley knitting Harry a Christmas sweater, or McGonagall anonymously sending Harry the broom; these were the truly magical moments.

7. Intelligence is one of your greatest weapons

Hermione Granger. Need I say any more? She was one of my absolute favorite characters because she knew what she wanted, and knew that she was the one that was going to have to get it for herself. She was the most intelligent witch in their year and didn't try to make herself smaller to make somebody else feel comfortable. She was unapologetically herself, smarts and all. One of my favorite Hermione quotes, "Actually, I'm highly logical. Which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook." She wasn't afraid to be the smart girl, and that is a lesson that we should all take something away from.

8. The people we love never truly leave us

So many deaths in the Harry Potter series. Although each one made me tear up, okay bawl sometimes, I feel like Rowling had a reason to take away some of the most important characters. Dobby, Sirius, Fred, Dumbledore, Snape, Lupin, and so many others were so very hard to read. But, death became a very important lesson in these books. The scene that made me the most emotional out of every single Harry Potter book was when Harry was about to go and give his life to Voldemort in the Deathly Hallows, and the people who had passed came to see him before he went in, with the help of the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry says, "You'll stay with me?" Lilly replies, "Always." This whole scene makes you realize how close we are to the people who leave this world even if they're not physically here. We must never forget that.

9. Forgiveness can be given to anyone no matter what they've done in the past

Forgiveness tended to be a major theme of the Harry Potter series, as well. Harry chose to forgive Malfoy, not because he forgot what he had done, but because they both needed to move on with their lives. He chose to forgive Snape for the way he had treated him in the past after realizing what Snape had sacrificed for him. He taught us some of the best ways to offer forgiveness.

10. Take it all in

Lastly, the Harry Potter series taught us to take it all in, and don't take a second of it for granted. I think the epilogue gives us the best example of taking it all in. Before the trio knew it, it was 19 years later. They were watching their own children board the Hogwarts Express, and life was going on whether they liked it or not. How common is it that we take the little moments for granted. We don't realize what we're missing out on by not realizing what's going on around us now. Harry Potter taught me to take it in and hold on tight because life is one wild ride, and I never want to be the person that looks back with regrets.

So, thank you to J.K. Rowling for gracing us with the Harry Potter series. The lessons that it taught us will forever hold a place in our memory, and I will never forget the adventures I had with Harry Potter. To leave off with one of my favorite Albus Dumbledore quotes, "And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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