I’m going to preface this by saying that this isn’t necessarily a review. These are just some of the thoughts and feelings I had while re-reading Harry Potter for the first time in a while.
If a wizards greatest power is love then why is there such a theme of hate throughout this novel. It touches almost every single character in some way. From the way Harry and Draco hate one another, Harry and Snape’s relationship, and even just Voldemort’s hate for Harry (and many other things). It is a never ending cycle.
In Harry’s case, he has never known anything, but hate. It wouldn’t be until he would go to Hogwarts that this would change. He spent the whole time clinging and trying to make his place in this new world. I don’t think I’ve seen 11-year-olds filled with so much hate towards a teacher that they actually wanted to get them fired. Parents on the other hand.
Even though I know how the story goes, I always wish that Harry didn’t have to go back to the Dursley’s in the end. A what if that plagues me all of the time. The Dursley’s are probably the biggest source of hate in this whole book and I feel like it reflects that.
Yet, there is a sense of longing for connection and finding your place in the world. Harry takes to this world at first very afraid of being sent back and not making friends. He works through it to make friends, go on adventures, and learning a lot about himself.
Also my adult brain is just screaming child endangerment. The golden trio have this take this into their own hands kind of mentality. I know that eleven year old me was never like that. I was more likely to hide in the face of danger. That’s why I am definitely not a Gryffindor.
Dumbledore just lets this all happen because of the “Greater good” and this bothers me. Hogwarts is supposed to be one of the most protected places and yet so much danger happens.
The first time Harry saw Diagon Alley and Hogwarts is always one of my favorite moments. I loved imagining what it would be like to walk the halls of Hogwarts with Harry. I also finally got to go to Universal Orlando recently and experience the Wizarding World and I completely relate to this moment on so many levels.
Another one of my favorite moments was towards the end when Hagrid gave Harry the photo album. Harry had been searching this book for a connection and he gets it in a way. It is such a touching moment between the two of them especially since it was Hagrid who brought him into this crazy world.
Let me know in the comments which Hogwarts house you are in.