Getting to the End

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Getting to the End

Last time I mentioned Harry Potter was a few weeks ago. At that time, I was re-reading Half Blood Prince. And now that some time has passed, I’ve moved on to the final installment in the series (Deathly Hallows). I’ve mentioned before that I like to use aspects of my own life when writing, which is why I’ve had a few posts where I talk about the Harry Potter series. As you know, there are a lot of life lessons to be learned from books, even from those that are fiction. I remembered the little nugget of truth that I’m going to write about today when I started this final book. And you don’t have to worry about spoilers in this post. Everything that I write will be vague so that you don’t have to worry about having some aspect of the story ruined for you. I hate it when people spoil books, shows,  and movies for me, so you can trust me when I say that you’ll be safe reading this, but if you feel better skipping ahead to the last paragraph you can do that too!

Deathly Hallows is the culmination of the entire series. Everything that’s taken place before the events that transpire in the pages of this text have led up to this epic conclusion. The six novels that come before it are about Lord Vlodemort, the villain, rising back to power after everyone thought he was dead. As he gets stronger and as he gathers more and more followers who also agree with his agenda of having wizards take their place as the supreme beings on earth, casualties ensue. When you have powerful wizards with no moral compass fighting for a detrimental cause chaos results from it. Ultimately, because this is a tale about good versus evil, light versus dark, a showdown has to take place in order for the fate of everyone involved to be decided. They can’t keep fighting forever. And when the final battle eventually does take place, there is even more losses on both sides.

When you’re going into the book for the first time, you know that there’ll be casualties. Major characters that you’ve come to love will die. You just don’t know who it is until you open the book and start reading. And because you don’t know who’s going to get killed, there’s a part of you that’s scared while you’re reading it. You don’t know who it’s going to be or when it’s going to take place, so each page that you turn makes your heart start to race. There’s even a part of you that doesn’t want to turn the next page. You think that something bad is going to happen, so you want to stay someplace where you know everything will be okay. Harry and all of his friends are alive and well in the first book. In Sorcerer’s Stone, you’re sure that you don’t have to worry about turning the next page and having one of your favorite characters ripped from your arms, but that’s not the case in the final book. You’ll have to say goodbye, and that can be tough, even with fictional characters. But the thing is, if you choose not to turn that next page, you’ll never know what happens. The winner of the battle will always be a mystery to you. You won’t find out the fate of everybody because you’re too afraid to move on. And the chance of being left with all of these uncertainties is exactly why you should keep reading. You’ve devoted so much of your time to this series, and you deserve to see it through to the end, no matter the outcome. And the same is true for your life.

Life is a lot like reading a book. It has its exciting parts that’ll make you really happy, but it also has moments that will make you really scared or sad. But even if your facing something that’s scary, you owe it to yourself to keep going. It’s your life positive thinker, and you deserve to see how your story ends. Not knowing how it will turn out can be unnerving, but you can’t let that feeling of uncertainty stop you from moving forward. What lies ahead could be wonderful, but you won’t ever get the chance to find that out if you decide to stop turning the page.

So…

Be brave.

Turn the next page, and find out the ending to your story.