I grew up in a very religious household. I was taught to fear anything that mentioned (or even implied) magic. I was fine with it until I graduated from gradeschool. It was the first time that my twin sister and I were released out into the open world. That was the time when the first Harry Potter book was published. One of our classmates had a copy and lent it to our classroom’s mini library.

I still remember how it felt when I first opened the book. I was pacing about for a good 5 minutes before I decided to start reading. When I finally did, I didn’t stop. It’s been more than a decade since that day. I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that it was wrong. I’ve been reminded, warned, and even threatened against ever opening another Harry Potter book or watching a movie, but nothing has shaken my belief. I’m still a fan and I will make sure that my kids will have the choice to read this treasure. Why? Here’s why:

1. They need to know that love (especially a mother’s love) can be the most powerful weapon of all. Oh, and they’re all set because I will always love them.

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2. It will teach them that good friends can come in all shapes and sizes. Discrimination could cost them a potential Ron, Hermione, Hagrid or Dobby.

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3. This will show them how power, greatness, and success can corrupt people. These three are just means to a greater purpose and shouldn’t be their main goal in life.

4. It will show them that evil exists in the world and that it doesn’t always look the part. People aren’t always what they seem. Take Dolores Umbridge as an example.

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5. Hermione will teach them about the importance of pursuing knowledge. They shouldn’t care whether people hated them for it. The seemingly useless random facts can save lives… repeatedly. Those people will thank them someday.

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6. They will be assured that they don’t have to be the smartest, strongest, or most successful right off the bat to be the hero of the story. People can grow into greatness. Neville did, didn’t he?

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7. People die no matter how hard you try to hold on to them. But they can leave a lasting mark on you. Their legacies make them eternal.

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8. It’s impossible to be in control all the time. They won’t always know the grand plan. They just have to take the next step, survive until the next day, look for the next Horcrux and wait for the Author to unravel the story. That’s a great way to teach them about faith.

9. It will teach them the importance of surrounding themselves with people who genuinely love and support them. These people will keep them going even when they’re down.

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10. This will show them that no matter how bad the situation looks like, there’s always hope. It may take some time and entail a LOT of sacrifice, but good always wins in the end. As Dumbledore said,

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
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