Harry Potter, .immediately conjures up (at least for me) Voldemort/Quirrell meeting Harry for the first time. I have read and re-read and still rereading these books that Guru keeps teasing me that I am prepping for exams. Yeah, Yeah, i hear ya folks saying, we have all this and much more in Krishna’s avatar/Mahabharata and even in our local Vittalacharya movies 🙂 🙂 While I love and enjoy the stories depicting Krishna’s antics and have learnt a lot from it, I have never been able to relate myself to them probably ‘cos Krishna is this infallible cowboy, who knows that he is lord-incarnate even when he was an infant.
Harry Potter brought magic into our lives while being down-to-earth realistic. Yes, even though you know you are a ‘muggle,’ you never feel like one 🙂 You are with Harry from the time he is “Just Harry” who has been mistreated by his relatives w/o any idea of who he is and his legacy as “The Boy who Lived” to when he forays into this mysterious, magical world.
Once at the wonderful Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry he is unsure of what he is supposed to do @ school but is perfectly sure that “he can sort out the wrong sort by himself.” He is just another boy, who worries about his grades, his best friends – Ron Weasley and Hermione , his appearances in front of Cho first and then Ginny. He skips classes, breaks a lot of rules (with his invisibility cloak),defies authority (hem-hem), is fiercely loyal to his friends and well-wishers while having an heightened sense of responsibility (while rescuing Fleur’s sister from the merpeople in “The Goblet of Fire”). He also undergoes the typical pangs of adolescence, jealously esp. when he sees Cho with Cedric and Ginny with Dean.
It’s not only Harry but all the other characters as well and the way they were fashioned. Just because they were good @ magic doesn’t mean they are extraordinary. In fact it was just the opposite, Ron and his misunderstandings with Harry when he competes in the TriWizard Tournament and then when he mistakes Harry’s relationship with Hermione, the hide-and-seek relationship between Ron and Hermione, Prof.Snape and his hate-love relationship with Harry, Sirius Black and James Potter with their arrogant behavior and bullying tendencies towards Snape, Wormtail and his eventual loyalty to Harry and Lucius Malfoy, who is only interested in getting out Draco and his wife out safely from the final battle. Even Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard and probably the only one the Dark wizard, Voldemort, ever feared, has his faults esp. when he hides behind his academic interests to shy from his family responsibilities.
Ultimately it is a battle between good and evil and while it seems like evil gains an upper hand, good eventually wins. Like Sirius says, “The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” When Voldemort possesses Harry, he has the will power and most importantly his friends and the love in him to fight You-Know-Who!
At every step of the way, we also learn something along with Harry. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Albus Dumbledore.
The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are~Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sirius Black.
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Albus Dumbledore.
Now Vidyuth and Vishruth have started enjoying these movies with me and I just gave Vidyuth, my copy of “Sorcerer’s Stone.” I hope that he enjoys it as much as I did and passes it on to Vishruth as well 🙂
Now if only I can just point my wand and say “scourgify” to clean my house!
Mischief Managed 🙂