[harry – the ordinary hero]

[harry – the ordinary hero]

I am watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince again.

In the course of last couple of months, I’ve watched / re-read a lot of HP series. It just so happened that my friends mentioned that they want to watch it and I was all for it.

This morning, as I got ready for Church, I put on my favorite Potter t-shirt and thought there are still people in my life who don’t get my liking of Harry Potter. They usually ask questions and don’t wait for the answers. Perhaps one day I will be able to tell them why I find this story so amazing.

Yesterday as we were playing with the kids at the Chamber event, there was Batman cartoon on TV. I mentioned to a colleague of mine that my favorite hero of all “-mans” is Batman – for the simple reason of being an ordinary human with no supernatural skills. Yes, he had a  fortune and he had a lot of convenient cool gadgets – but that’s it. He wasn’t bitten by a spider, he didn’t arrive here from another planet, he never underwent any genetic modifications. He was a man.

That’s exactly the reason why I love Harry Potter series.

In the very first movie, when Hagrid (the half-giant) comes to tell Harry that he’s been accepted to Hogwarts, Harry doesn’t believe that he’s a wizard.

“I can’t be a-a-a wizard. I mean, I’m just Harry, just Harry.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

All throughout the series, he wins because he is brave, because he’s got friends who won’t let him down, and because he knows how to love.

“There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all.”

Dumbledore to Harry about Love, Order of the Phoenix

The Boy Who Lived. How lies have fed your legend Harry. Shall I reveal what really happened that night thirteen years ago? Shall I divulge how I truly lost my powers? Yes, shall I? It was love. You see, when dear sweet Lily Potter gave her life for her only son…she provided the ultimate protection. I could not touch him. It was old magic. Something I should have foreseen.

Voldemort to Harry, Goblet of Fire

Doesn’t that remind you of something?

Harry Potter’s signature spell – Expelliarmus – a spell he uses all the time fighting with his enemies – also sheds a lot of light on who Harry was. It’s a disarming charm, not intended to kill. Especially that is epic in the last book / movie, when it’s his mortal enemy he’s facing – Voldemort.

Dumbledore: “…you have never been seduced by the Dark Arts, never, even for a second, shown the slightest desire to become one of Voldemort’s followers!”

Harry: “Of course I haven’t! He killed my mum and dad!”

Dumbledore: “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, as pure as you were five years ago, when you looked into a mirror that reflected your heart’s desire.”

Harry Potter and Dumbledore in the Half-Blood Prince

But I digress (sorry, I can talk about Potter and the lessons for life found in those books and their corellation with the Bible for hours…)

My point is… there are a lot of lessons in that series. One of the best for me is that Harry never tried to gain power or glory… He remained humble even though he was the Chosen one, the Boy-Who-Lived, the one who defeated Voldemort time and time again. And that’s what I love about him.

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