Unless you’ve been living in a magic-free world for the last two decades, you’ll know about a popular British series, Harry Potter. The classic tale of good versus bad with a little magical touch. We all have something that we love about the series. Either you found yourself cheering for your house at the Quidditch match or wished you could sneak around late at night in the castle corridors. If you were like me, you would probably start a fight with your parents demanding them to send you to Hogwarts instead of the Muggle schools you actually had to go to (btw, I’m still waiting for my letter).
Harry Potter had been a huge part of my childhood and thus making me who I am for today. We have characters we admired, hated, admired then hated, and hated then admired. Today, I thought I would share a couple things I have learned from one character of the famous series, Hermione Granger.
- Be Yourself
Despite being a muggle-born and surrounded by witches and wizards, Hermione always stayed true to herself. She never wanted to change herself and turned the one thing that made her different from the rest into the thing that made her special. Hermione didn’t become the greatest witch of her age because she was the best friend of the boy who lived. Hermione believed in herself and didn’t change who she was for anyone, despite all the bullying she got.
- Stand up for what you believe in
When she witnessed something which is against her beliefs, she didn’t stand back and watch. She stepped forward, and sometimes that’s all it takes. One voice can bring the change and we should never be afraid to use our own voices for the greater good. Even if it means you will be standing alone. However, I have learned from this series that when you are fighting the good fight and you show compassion to everyone, you will never be alone.
- Don’t be afraid of bullies
Who else cheered at this scene?
I definitely did. Bullies are bad. But you either can let it get to you or fight back. If you don’t know this, bullies are feeding on your fear. So remember to pull out a good punch to the bullies.
- Cherish your friends
You can’t talk about Hermione without mentioning the other pieces of the trio, Ron & Harry. Trust and respect are the most important thing in any friendship. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends when they have done something wrong. And always, always, stay loyal to your friends.
- Be Honest
Without honesty, there is no foundation for a lasting or enjoyable relationship in any context, whether that be a family member, friend or romantic interest. Honesty is a voice for love that builds trust. Trust of which of which holds the three best friends. Honesty is an expensive gift. A lot of troubles can be avoided and a lot of relationships can be saved if only we speak the truth.
- You deserve respect
We all know how much Hermione wanted Ron to ask her to the dance and we all know how it ended, Ron was way too over himself to even get the hint. Instead of whining, Hermione got herself a date and she looked dazzling.
Also, remember when Ron was head over heels over Lavender? As much as it pained her to watch them together, she still remembers to have fun, and attend parties. Always treat yourself with respect.
- Read, Read, Read
If this isn’t obvious enough. Hermione solved most of their problems, be it finding a giant monstrous snake hiding in the castle to the existence of the Deathly Hollows, all from reading books. She made a polyjuice potion from scratch when she was twelve. There are many times she managed to save her two best friends from just doing research. The book is more than just words, it unlocks the mystery and valuable knowledge. A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from – even if it’s Hogwarts, A History.
- Face your fears
When Hermione risked her life by going to the library alone, accompanied with a small mirror and giant snake, Basilisk, lurking around the castle – targeting muggle borns. Was she afraid? I bet so. There are times when fears and doubts hovering our life. It is our choice to be ruled by our fears or stand up and face it. Yes, it will be scary and Hermione taught us it is okay to be afraid but that shouldn’t make us hide in the face of fear.
- Be humble
Being the Miss-Know-It-All, I was surprised that Hermione did ask for help from her friends, Ron & Harry. Hermione is the true example that the more you know, the more humble you become.
- Heartbreak is inevitable
Throughout the books and films, we witnessed how Hermione was subjected to bullies because of her blood-status and how Ron broke her heart multiple times.
In life, we don’t always get what we want, but it is up to us to make the best out of it. Heartbreaks, betrayal, and disappointment are inevitable but remember love will always find its way back.
The greatest lesson Hermione taught us is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Anyone can be the greatest witch of her age if you believe in yourself. Hermione reminded us that no matter how hard and impossible it may seem, at the end, it will always work out.
So folks, how have Hermione changed your life? Comment below.
Featured Image via screengrab from Harry Potter.