Parman Teen Harry Potter tribute

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The Magic of Harry Potter

I am sure that many of you read the Harry Potter novels in elementary school and will forever treasure the series as one of your favorites. But, for those of you who have not (like me!), I highly encourage you to read J.K. Rowling’s wonderful tales. I started the series over the summer upon the insistence of one’s my friends, who claimed that if I had not read the Harry Potter series, then I had “had no childhood.” I felt a little silly picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the age of sixteen, but now that I have read the whole series (finally finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this week), I can honestly say that I am so grateful that my friend recommended the series to me. I, too, attempted to read the series in elementary school, but unfortunately, I was misled by the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I remember thinking to myself, at the age of ten or eleven, Why would I ever want to read about a miserable boy who lives in a cupboard? Little did I know that Harry Potter is much more complex than his life with the Dursleys, and that I would come to admire Harry for his strengths and weaknesses. Harry’s two best friends – Ron and Hermione – soon became my best friends as I watched the three mature and their friendship strengthen from their first to their last year at Hogwarts. These novels have the incredible ability to make you laugh out loud (with Ron’s snarky and candid comments and Hermione’s nerdy outbursts), conjure a tear or two with the deaths of some of your favorite characters, and ponder the purpose of life. The series starts off with Harry avoiding Voldemort and discovering his powers and abilities, but gets rather serious when Harry discovers his destiny and becomes a courageous and fiercely independent man. However, as independent as Harry might be, he is not afraid to resort to the help of his many friends, from students at Hogwarts to the Weasley family to his fellow professors. Overall, the Harry Potter series is highly entertaining and has profound messages of the value of friendship, love, and valor, and emphasizes the need for a certain degree of selflessness as one works for the greater good. I am not one for rereading novels because I believe that the lack of thrill you have when reading a book for the second time and knowing what will happen will ruin the story and experience for you. However, the Harry Potter series is the only exception to this personal rule, for I plan on rereading them again and again whenever I can. Now, as I am about to start watching the first Harry Potter movie (for I am a firm believer in the fact that one should always read a book before watching a movie so the reading experience is not tainted), I encourage all teens in San Antonio, Texas, the United States, and the whole world to discover the magic of Harry Potter if they have not done so already! 🙂

Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

 

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