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What I learn from Harry Potter August 13, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Pot Pourri.

Harry Potter

I finally finished reading ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ this morning. I’m an avid fan of The-Boy-Who-Lived and it’s not surprising to see me walk around the agency these days mumbling stuff like ‘Mudbloods, Muggles, Squibs, Filth of the Earth, Merlin’s Pants’ or using the Imperio, Crucio, Avada Kedavra and Expilliarmus charms on unsuspecting Muggle-folk. Naming friends at work after characters in the book has become a passion.

Suddenly, office has become Hogwarts School of Magic. Every client is a Goblin or a potential one in the making. The creative guys are the ‘Order of Phoenix’. The top honchos belong to the ‘Ministry of Magic’. The Prison of Azkaban is where all the ad layouts that don’t see the light of the day go. The boss is Albus Dumbledore (in real life, he bears a stunning resemblance to the sagacious wizard – hopefully he is not reading this post!). Hermione Granger, my best buddy has taken off for a fellow wizard’s wedding. Best chum Ron Weasley is soon to desert me in the hunt for Horcruxes and look for greener pastures in the Forbidden Forest (India). Hell, we even have our own Sir Cadogan, Finch and Peeves. The neighbourhood cats are lovingly viewed as Thestrals, Centaurs and Hippogriffs. Uptown Bar has been renamed Three Broomsticks. However, I haven’t yet found an apt candidate for the Dark Lord You-Know-Who.

I’ve been thinking whether to call our client serving team ‘Death Eaters’ but let me get my Invisibility Cloak around me and disapparate before I get hexed. May be Dementors is a more apt title. But I’ve pretty much figured out the likes of Draco & Lucius Malfoy, Hagrid, Neville Longbottom, Uncle Vernon, Severus Snape & Professor McGonagall. And no guesses as to who is Harry Potter. Especially when I’ve been strutting around complaining that my scar has been burning and that I can get into the dark recesses of The-One-Who-Must-Be-Not-Named’s mind, especially when I’m in the loo (now called the Floo Network).

My patronus charm varies between a WAP4 electric loco and a silver camel. Depends on the days I’m playing Quidditch. I’m sure that you get the drift. That I urgently need to be taken to St. Mungo’s for a check-up. Jokes apart, Harry is my role model. One of the best ever.

Dr John Mark Reynolds, the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Biola University says that Harry is an example of “mediocre” or merely “above average” people who achieve greatness if they persevere in learning virtue. Dr Reynolds then speaks of Harry’s true merit:
Harry does not think himself the “chosen one” based on his skills. He perseveres and so learns courage, moderation, practical wisdom, justice, faith, hope, and love. He is great in character and it is better to be good than to get the best marks in wizarding. Click here to read his post.

In another post, Dr Reynolds describes 5 things one can learn from Harry Potter, namely:

1. Magic / Technology cannot solve real problems.
2. A bad start in life does not control destiny.
3. People have a choice to be or not be ‘bad’.
4. ‘Authority’ may not always have solutions to all problems.
5. The need to grow up and acceptance of the responsibilities and pains which come along with the pleasures of adulthood.

For me, Harry Potter is a man of action. Someone who steps forward to accept challenges that life throws at him. A struggler who ultimately wins because of his dogged persistence to attain his mission. A decent human being who values the power of friendships and relationships to advance in life. Someone who is bold, courageous and chivalrous yet accepts his frailty in situations that demand him to. Greatness seeks out such people. Ultimately, even the Universe conspires to help the dreamer.

Here’s another interesting article on 10 things you can learn from Harry Potter.

And oh, I can feel my scar burning again.


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