Ten Things I’m Thankful for from “Harry Potter”
In the spirit of Thanksgiving Day, it is time to take a look at everything that I am thankful for, and with a series as full as Harry Potter, these are just a few of the things.
1) Nifflers – This insanely cute creature stole my heart after a mere two seconds on screen during Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I don’t care what Newt Scamander suggests, I would most definitely keep a Niffler as a pet! It would be worth the cleanup just to keep this cute little creature.
2) Fred and George Weasley – When the Harry Potter series began to take a darker turn, all hope seemed lost. The Weasley twins, however, made sure that things never got too dark. Keeping everyone’s hopes up and running a joke shop in the darkest period in wizarding history isn’t easy, but the twins did their best to find a silver lining in all the darkness. Their actions are inspirational.
3) Dragons – Who doesn’t love dragons? They’re fierce, powerful, and immensely interesting creatures. I love Rowling’s interpretation, and I’m always thankful for dragons.
4) Beautiful quotes – The beautiful quotes from Harry Potter speak for themselves. My personal favorite quote is, “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” (GoF 456). The books have spawned endless lists of favorite quotes from the series. Rowling proved that true magic has always been in the words.
5) Ginny Weasley – In a world where equality is constantly fought for, it is always nice to see a bad-ass female character, and while Harry Potter has those in spades, Ginny stands out for me. Ginny went from being an infatuated girl, to an incredibly strong witch (standing against Bellatrix Lestrange in a duel) and a wonderful Quidditch player. She was so much more than just a love interest for the protagonist. She is someone who I, and everyone, should aspire to be.
6) Hermione Granger punching Draco Malfoy – I don’t think there was anything in the entire series better than reading, and later watching, Hermione hit Draco. Although violence isn’t the best way to deal with bullies, it was extremely satisfying to see Draco get put in his place, by none other than Hermione, a girl bent on always trying to follow the rules.
7) Theories – Anyone part of the Potter generation will know the importance of theories. After years and years of speculation and theorizing about every possible ending, the theories didn’t even end with the books. There really isn’t anything like the feeling of sitting down with someone and discussing what you think is right and wrong or what will happen in the future.
8) Hope – In a world where everyone is in constant danger of dying, hope is in short supply. Harry Potter showed us not only how to hold onto hope but also showed us why it is important. It demonstrated that even in the darkest of times, there is always a light waiting around the corner. It inspires us and makes us keep going through the dark times.
9) Love – Love is the single thread that holds everything together in the Harry Potter world. It is as much of a character as Harry himself is. All types of love are seen in the series, and each is so integral to the story. It makes one really think about what’s really important, and the one thing that will get us through anything is the power of love.
10) J.K. Rowling – I am most thankful for the woman who has provided us with ten books, nine movies, and endless friendships revolving around the world of Harry Potter. She created the world that I, and so many others, have spent countless hours dreaming about. Her magical prose, insightful characters, and wonderful imagination has cemented her in history. She made the Boy who Lived a household name and proved that magic is very real and shared among every person who has picked up a copy of a Harry Potter novel.
Did I miss something that you’re thankful for about Harry Potter? Sound off in the comments; tell me what you’re thankful for!