Life lessons from Harry Potter, Part III

Finally, here’s the third part in this three-day blog entry about life lessons learned from the most famous child wizard, Harry Potter.

6. You see what you want to see. Severus Snape consistently refers to Harry as being arrogant, rude, and just like his father. Dumbledore admonishes him, “You see what you expect to see, Severus.”

7. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Although Snape seems like a bad guy and is described in a pretty unlikable way, ultimately he gives readers – and Harry – a huge surprise when it is revealed that all along he’s been acting in Harry’s best interest, as one of the good guys.

8. Intelligence isn’t everything. As Hermione so aptly puts it in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery.” Hence, book after book, Harry and his friends – mere children throughout much of the series – are able to defeat the much older and much more magically knowledgeable Voldemort.

9. Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Time and again, Cornelius Fudge and Ministry of Magic officials deny the return of Voldemort. There was ample evidence to the contrary, but officials chose to remain in denial – and unwittingly eliminated their best chances to bring Voldemort down again before he got too powerful. In this case, denial costs the lives of countless wizards and witches.