This will probably be all over the place, but I felt like typing… I love technology, I love pictures, and I try not to let these loves consume my life. But in the last few years Instagram began to allow short (and now even longer, but still short) videos, I was mesmerized. The first few days when I would look at a picture and it would start moving, my first thought was always, “maybe I’m not a muggle afterall.”
Yes, I really enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and I’ve watched and enjoyed the movies more than one time. I’m not the least bit embarrassed to say my sister and I took our daughters to Universal Studios in Florida and spent days in the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” We probably had more fun than they did. I’ve also read and enjoyed the Twilight series, but I must admit Harry Potter and Hogwarts has those vampires beat. I don’t see these stories as being any more damaging to human kind than Cinderella with her bibbity bobbity boo that changed pumpkins into carriages and mice into carriage drivers, or Sleeping Beauty and the wicked witch and her poisonous apple, or Snow White and the magical mirror that identified her as being the ‘fairest in the land’.
The Harry Potter series is filled with so much wisdom, much more than a princess finding her prince and living happily ever after – talk about false expectations! At the Hogwarts School, there are strong female characters who usually fight their own battles, sometimes saving the male characters. There are strong male characters who, when faced with choices between right and wrong, show the struggle they go through before choosing the right path. Many of the ‘evil’ characters are portrayed with beautiful almost perfect exteriors, covering and hiding a rotten and hideous spirit. A lot of the wisdom within the walls of the castle known as Hogwarts is attributed to headmaster Albus Dumbledore. This quote is one of my favorites:
“It is not our abilities that show who what we truly are. It is our choices.“
Ain’t that the truth! Think of all those people we consider to have natural ability – like sports heroes, actors, or talented musicians – then think of the choices many of them make. Those people have SO much going for them – why do they choose the wrong path? And then I thought about it a little bit more; the things that these celebrities seem to have – ADORATION, POWER, FAME, and MONEY. That’s a heady and dangerous combination. The world they live in is filled with so much temptation, so much adoration. People adore and claim to “love” these celebrities before they even meet them. And no matter what that person does, they still get that adoration. Someone can be a complete jerk and people are still clamoring to get to know them; to be close to them; to do whatever that person wants them to, to be a part of their world. Their bad behavior is reinforced as there doesn’t seem to be any immediate consequences. And then, after a while, these people who are ‘adored’ come to feel that many rules of normal society don’t apply to them – and I don’t mean just laws, but even basic behavior, like treating people with dignity and respect.
A person may have many natural abilities or talents, but a person’s CHARACTER is not predetermined – it is built, challenged, and tested on a daily basis.
We must always remember – we have choices; we have control over a lot of the things that affect our lives. We have to consciously strive to make good choices. And I firmly believe it’s not what happens to us, it’s how we react, how many times we get up and try again, that determines the course and happiness of our lives.