19 Apr Being there when it Counts
Harry Potter has been a part of my life since I was in the fourth grade. I wasn’t a big reader when I was younger, so I didn’t grow up reading the books, but I did grow up watching the movies. This was particularly special to me because I was around the same age as Harry and the gang were when the movie first premiered back in 2001. And because I was around the same age, I felt a special connection with them. Yes, the world was a fantasy world, but many of the general themes were relatable to my life. As I grew I had to learn about loss, love, and friendship, and these were things that the characters were learning about as well. Since it was such an instrumental part of my life growing up, I have ended up watching them way too many times to count throughout the years. To this day, I can’t not watch it when I discover that it’s on TV.
Reading books for fun did start to grow on me eventually, so I did end up reading the Harry Potter books. After the final movie premiered, I decided that I would read the series that was so brilliantly portrayed on the screen. I thought that the books would be good, since I enjoyed the movies so much, but I wasn’t prepared for just how good they were. J K came up with an imaginary world, and then she made it come to life brilliantly in the confines of 7 books. All of the themes that I loved from the films were in the books too, but only they were in so much more detail because she wasn’t limited to portraying them in just a couple of hours, like she was with the movies.
Since my time reading the series for the first time, I have had the pleasure of getting to re-read those books as much I wanted to. Right now I’m towards the end of mya re-read. I’m about halfway through Half Blood Prince. It’s not my favorite one (Goblet of Fire holds that title), but I still love reading it over again.
** Spoilers Ahead **
For a significant portion of this book Ron and Hermione are feuding. This isn’t the first time that they’ve argued, but it is one of the nastier ones. They both have romantic feelings for each other, but since they’re teenagers they don’t know the best way to tell each other about how they truly feel. Because neither one of them wants to come out and say that they like the other person and that they would like to date each other, they both end up suffering because of it. Ron gets jealous about a past relationship that Hermione had with another guy named Viktor Krum, so he starts dating a girl from their year named Lavender Brown. When Hermione finds this out, she stops talking to Ron and avoids him all together. She also decides to retaliate by going a the party that she invited him to with a different boy. When it’s all said and done, they wind up going months without talking to one another. This all changes, however, when Ron ends up having a near death experience. He’s poisoned and nearly dies, but Hermione puts their squabble aside to be there for him after his brush with death. She knows that being there for her friend is more important than what they had been fighting about. Their friendship mattered the most.
** Spoilers Over **
Positive thinker, friendship is so important. We need our friends in our lives. They’re part of what makes life enjoyable. Having somebody there with you that you enjoy having around makes things more exciting and fun. I love my friends to death because they make my world better for me, and I’m sure that your friends do the same for you. Now it’s true that no relationship is perfect. They all have their highs and their lows and their ups and their downs. It can’t be all rainbows and butterflies all the time, but the thing you have to remember is that you need to be there for each other when it counts. Show up for each other positive thinker. Be there. That’s what matters the most.