Bullied by Muggles

Dear Harry Potter,

My life being a student in a muggle school was quite horrible. My guy close friend had left me just because I’m weird. Maybe because he doesn’t like people who believes in magic and who are witches and wizards. I used to sit alone in the corner and decided to end our friendship because I realized that he’s not a true friend. We still do not talk now, but my biggest problem is the teachers here in the muggle school are so mean, especially our Math and Physics teachers. They call us stupid and they don’t tolerate it. It’s kinda stressful and I really don’t know how to handle it. My classmates, on the other hand, were annoyed with me, not because I’m hot-headed when I’m busy – it’s because I’m too quiet. Actually, that’s really me. I’m not a type of person who used to talk a lot. They used to tell me negative things that aren’t true and I’m usually bullied by some complete strangers. I really want to go back to Hogwarts and I have to wait until September 1 to pack my things and go straight to Platform 9 and 3/4. I don’t know how to be strong, could you please help me?

Alyssa

From the Desk of Harry Potter, Head Auror
Auror Office
Ministry of Magic
London

Dear Alyssa,

It may surprise you to know that you and I are very much alike. I attended a muggle school in my younger years, and I was often picked on for my reserved nature, my appearance (wearing your cousin’s clothes when you’re about 10 sizes smaller than him is not exactly flattering) and the odd happenings that I inadvertently caused due to my magical abilities. Even my teachers were not particularly supportive individuals (come to think of it, certain Hogwarts professors were no better).

I admire your ability to remain calm (a skill I am somewhat improving upon with age) as well as your keen sense to realize when your friendships are unhealthy. You sound like you have all the strength you need within you. Most people (both magical and non-magical) do, although it takes some longer than others to realize it.

The best advice I can give you is to stay true to who you are. Only you and your best judgment can decide those who are friends and those who are not. As long as you stay true to that, you will eventually find yourself connected with good people. I didn’t have friends until I was eleven, and they’re still my friends to this day; Ron often jokes that it’s my fame that keeps him tethered to me, but Hermione often politely reminds me that the two of them always admired that I stayed true to my convictions. Even if they thought I was absolutely bonkers when I did.

And, when you’re at your lowest, don’t ever hesitate to nibble on some chocolate and practice your Patronus Charm. Strength and patience like yours can produce very powerful magic.

Stay strong,
Harry

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