“The stories we love best, live in us forever.”
– Harry Potter
Today, this article focuses on one of the most important characters in my life. Yes, I am talking about Harry Potter and mind you, he is real, at least for me. So, if you’re one of the few people who were never swept up in Pottermania and want to know what all the fuss is about, read the article below!
So, where do I start? There is so much that I want to say about our dear Chosen One. Blimey, can you actually feel my excitement? Anyway, let’s begin in 1981, when Harry was just one year old and his parents, James and Lilly Potter, were killed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. After being unsuccessful at murdering Harry too, You-Know-Who’s body was destroyed, not his evil soul by the way, and left our little boy with a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. And we all know the reason why Harry did not die: the sacrifice and love of his mother saved him. Motherhood, I tell you, is something which simply cannot be explained sometimes.
However, the story does not end here. Let’s not forget the decade of abuse that Harry had to go through when he had to live with the Dursleys. Due to his aunt Petunia’s resentment of her own sister and his uncle Vernon’s determination to squash any magic out of him, Harry grew up abused and neglected. But the saddest part is how every time they lied about how his parents had died. And there was also Uncle Vernon’s sister Marge, who would always find great delight in tormenting Harry. Don’t know about you, but I completely enjoyed it when Harry accidentally lost control of his magic and inflated her like a balloon with his Inflating Charm.
And finally, in 1991, despite the several obstacles, our boy discovered that he was a wizard through our thick-bearded friend, Rubeus Hagrid and began to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And then there was the Sorting Ceremony, where each year, first-year students underwent a ceremony to sort them into their respective houses. Initially, the Sorting Hat was going to put Harry into Slytherin House, but after he pleaded “not Slytherin, not Slytherin”, the Hat heeded and placed him in Gryffindor House. Honestly guys, who wouldn’t have heeded to that sweet and innocent voice? Personally, I would have literally given my life up on a plate for him.
But we truly know why Harry was placed in Gryffindor and not Slytherin. As per Albus Dumbledore: “Harry, you happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students, yet the Sorting Hat placed you in Gryffindor. You know why that was. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Eventually, at school, Harry became best friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. And despite Ron’s arachnophobia and Hermione’s constant irritation at the boys’ ideas of getting them killed or worse, expelled, the three formed an inseparable trio. Apart from friendship, Harry also made some enemies. Despite being cold and extremely rude towards Harry and his fellow friends, one cannot ignore the fact that as a Slytherin, Draco Malfoy is full of talent and smartness. And, if I start to talk about his physical appearance, the article will be too long.
In his first year, I am proud to say that Harry becomes the youngest Quidditch Seeker. And the way he looks when he flies on that broomstick, don’t blame me, but I tend to put aside the huge age gap between us, if you know what I mean. However, despite winning the Quidditch match, Harry’ s joy is short-lived as he discovered that Volde- sorry I meant, He Who Must Not Be Named, had possessed Professor Quirrell, a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and was trying to steal the Philosopher’s Stone to achieve immortality. But when Harry is forced to stand in front of the Mirror of Erised, he was saved due to his lack of greed for the Stone and in the end, Harry was able to defeat the Dark Lord.
Obviously, the story does not end here but I think that’s enough for one day. However, if you want to learn more about the boy who lived, follow our ongoing series and share your comments below!