Harry Potter is a series of seven novels written by author J.K. Rowling. The books follow the adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger who are students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stories chronicle Harry’s quest to overcome the dark wizard Lord Voldemort who aims to conquer the wizarding world and destroy those who stand in his way, including Harry.
The books have gained commercial success worldwide, immense popularity, and critical acclaim. The series of books deal with a range of elements such as fantasy and coming of age. Rowling claims the main theme of the series is death but the books also deal with other themes such as love and prejudice. As of 2011, the books have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages signifying the book’s large fan base.
Harry Potter made magic real for children and adults around the world. The books immerse the audience into a world of wizards, witches and make believe. Harry Potter was something the reader could become enthralled with. Reality could be substituted for a world where magic really existed.
Although I am not the ultimate Harry Potter geek (just a fan), the books and movies still significantly affected me. It would take multiple blog posts to discuss my love for Harry Potter. Therefore, I will only talk about one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore.
According to J.K. Rowling, Dumbledore is “the epitome of goodness.” To me, Dumbledore embodies wisdom, intellect, and grace. He consistently resonates the ideals of composure and serenity. Dumbledore appears to me as the perfect, holy person. He has the purest conscience and intentions towards humanity. In all, Dumbledore exudes humility.
One of my favorite quotes from Dumbledore is:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I always see motivational quotes telling people to follow their dreams and never give up. I do in fact believe it is very important to follow your dreams. Without dreams, we have nothing to strive for. However, while striving for these dreams, life stills goes on around us.
Dreams are not tangible. However, in a sense, the “now” is tangible. The life we have now is real and happening all around us. It is important to recognize the world we live in currently and not only focus on the future. We can spend hours, days, or years wishing for something to happen. But in all that time, we wasted moments we can never get back.
This quote made me realize to live in the moment. Dreams are still a very relevant part of life, but don’t forget the life around you while you try to achieve those dreams.