Loneliness and the Epitome of Magic

Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter is accessible to many because he is lonely. There are so many adults and children who have felt singled out in their lives that they can sympathize or empathize with Harry’s many, many lonely life events. Having cousin who is doted on all the time and developed into a selfish and unruly force isn’t something that will make him feel accepted. Even his Aunt and Uncle, who treat him no more than a household servant, cannot possibly make him feel like a wanted child. He was born into an outcast role until the fateful day that he received his letter from Hogwarts.

Immediately, he felt something he had never felt before in his life: acceptance. Although he isn’t quite sure at first the immense meaning behind being a wizard, or, to be exact, the severity of the role he must fulfill, he steps into it blindly but willingly because he finally belongs somewhere.

Never having the honor of knowing his parents, Harry is left with emptiness inside. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sees a patronus that he assumes his father has created and saved Harry and his godfather from dementors. With the prior knowledge that people, even wizards, cannot be brought back to life, Harry chooses to hang on to that glimmer of hope that his father is alive. Harry hadn’t seen his patronus in full form yet and later discovered that it was his own that saved them.

Harry is always alone, but he does discover more about the people around him. He learns as Dumbledore takes him as a confidant throughout the years. Dumbledore even leaves the journey of discovering the Horcruxes to Harry when he isn’t quite sure what a Horcrux is. Hermione and Ron and there to guide him because without them Harry wouldn’t have developed into the amazing wizard he is by the final novel. They are his best friends, his guidance and his family. Hermione and Ron are there to help him grow.

In the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Harry faces Voldemort by himself. Half of Harry’s battle is against himself and the other half is Voldemort, because Harry is connected to him through the very scar. He is alone when he can see his enemy’s visions. He is alone in his similar qualities to Voldemort. In the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort’s strategy is to have Harry singled out amongst his friends, Sirius, and even Dumbledore. The loneliness he wants Harry to feel is what he feeds off. The more alone Harry is, the more vulnerable he is, the more power Voldemort gains.

With the exception to Harry dealing with Voldemort alone is in the Prisoner of Azkaban when he discovers he has a relative, Sirius. Harry finally has family this changes his outlook dramatically. He doesn’t feel accepted by the Wizarding community per say, but in his heart he feel that he is just like everyone else in that he isn’t alone. Although Harry must face Voldemort alone once again in Deathly Hallows, he knows that love is Voldemort’s enemy. It’s the emotion that saved Harry’s life in the beginning and it’s the emotion that triumphed evil in the end. Harry has always been loved and it took until the realization of this emotion that he is never alone because he has experienced it.

Magic is about believing, believing is about hope, and hope springs from the knowledge and experience of love. Of course it is too simple to justify what magic is because it is different to everyone. To look at magic and try to describe what it is isn’t possible, but to look at magic and describe what it isn’t is possible. Magic isn’t tangible. We don’t know what it is, because we haven’t experienced it. Who’s to say that we have experienced love though? Love isn’t tangible, but we are arrogant in proclaiming it to others because we think we know. Most of us think we know what magic is. I think magic is the ability to escape into a world other than our own with the ability of our own imagination. I dabble in magic when I read; without books I would have never had the satisfaction or experience of magic in my lifetime.


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