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The Boy Who Lives…On

If you haven’t heard of Harry Potter, you must live under a rock. If you have but haven’t read the books, what are you waiting for? If you’ve read the books and didn’t like love them, I may have to re-think our acquaintance. 

I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books, to myself, to my kids and then re-read some of them to myself, again. I immediately fell in love with the wide-eyed, innocent boy who spoke to snakes and had no idea he was special. I was equally drawn to the large and hairy, Hagrid who charmed me with his sincerity and devout loyalty to the Headmaster and to Harry. Then of course, there is the Headmaster; wise, beautiful and fiercely powerful, Albus Dumbledore. I don’t know how anyone could not love him. From the Weasley family to Dobby the house elf, the secondary characters are just as endearing and as important to the whole story.

My favorite character however is the Half-Blood Prince himself, Severus Snape. I was overcome with emotion when I realized I’d misjudged him. I hadn’t trusted my instincts and instead, I judged him. Lily was kind to Snape. She befriended him and forever, he loved her.

Kindness, is incredibly powerful.

Now, when I think of Snape, the image of a silver doe comes to mind and I could easily cry.

In her books, J.K. Rowling explores the power of love on multiple levels; how to love, who you love, what you do for love, what happens when you love.

For the past seven years, I’ve been getting lost in the friendships and the adventure, first in the words, then on the screen, submerging myself in the details surrounding this boy’s life. Watching him grow and learn through lessons of life and love. While the books don’t lack in humor, as a mom, I totally appreciate J.K. Rowling’s lack of fluff. Things don’t always go right and right doesn’t always win out. Things don’t come easy to Harry. They don’t come easy to most people. That, is life. And even though we overcome our struggles, our successes are often short lived, lasting only long enough for us to realize we are strong enough to overcome them.

J.K. Rowling also repeats the real-life-fact (over and over again) that things are not always what they seem, not with friends, family or strangers, reminding me again, to try not to judge people, their lives or actions but instead, to continue to strive to be true to myself.

Regardless of your age and despite the fact that the story takes place in a world of fantasy, everyone can relate on some level to some of the emotions these characters experience. Life is unpredictable and even painful. Sometimes things just don’t make sense but there is another side, a better side and when you fight for what you believe in, eventually, you get there. Perseverance.

You may love and you may lose people you love in the meantime but no matter what, you go on because life and love are worth it.

It’s so healthy to get excited about something and this weekend, boy was I excited! Not only did I LOVE the movie but I LOVE spending time with my kids too, so it was truly a win – win for me. Thanks to this gender-generation, transcending phenomenon, I had a date with my 10-year old daughter as well as my twelve-year old son who frankly, would otherwise, rather spend time with just about anyone else but me – but because we all share this common bond, this love for all things Harry Potter, any obstacles that would normally keep us at odds or apart, magically vanished for nearly three, whole hours and together we shared the experience of watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, at midnight!

Harry Potter, the movie epic has come to an end on the screen anyway but is it over? Hardly. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a phenomenon such as the Harry Potter series and how its appeal really has transcended genders and generations. Harry has already proven to have the same kind of staying power as the likes of Dorothy, Alice and even, Scrooge. J.K. Rowling’s story of “the boy who lived“, has earned its rightful place among the Classics. Harry Potter will live on and be read, over and over and over again, for generations to come.

Thank you, J.K. Rowling.

  1. July 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm



  2. July 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks, Karl!


  3. breida
    July 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Well, first, it kills me that Twelve Year Old doesn’t want to spend time with you. Honestly, I will die a little bit if that happens with Nine Year Old or Six Year Old. If? When? Groan. I can’t even contemplate. . .
    But about Harry Potter- The story has been woven into our lives – I can tell it’s the same for your family so I don’t need to further elaborate that metaphor for YOU but how to make others understand. . .? I guess it’s not important but I am just filled with gratitude to J.K. Rowling right now.
    Great post, Karen.


  4. July 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It is important Brieda. The lessons imparted & repeated on life & love by J.K. are very important & I too am obviously, grateful. On the 12-yr old, I’m told it’s only temporary, natural even and every now & then, I see a glimpse of my “baby” boy still lingering inside this new “big” boy which gives me hope & helps me keep my patience. Thanks for reading!


  5. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

    karen, as you know l am not into the Harry Potter books,but l can see that you and your family are true fans,


  6. jen
    July 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Just came back from the theater! Good, not quite as good as the last one but good nonetheless, and i’m so glad they put in the “19 years later.” Great post, Karen.


  7. July 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Agreeing with you on all accounts, Jen. Thanks so much for reading & commenting!


  1. July 18, 2011 at 12:28 am

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