Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Wonder of Harry Potter - Part 5

Guest Author: Elaine White
This article is by Elaine White. All opinions are her own.
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In Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix we get to the nitty gritty parts of teenage years - romance. Harry tries to have a romance with Cho, who he’s fancied for a while, but the memory of Cedric keeps getting in the way. Cho is so taken over by the loss of her ex-boyfriend that it tears her and Harry further away from each other, despite their efforts to push past it. However, I always believed that Harry had no chance of romance at all, in any of the first 5 books. Until he learns his fate, he doesn’t really accept that everything rides on him. And until he finds a girl who can understand him and his quest, then there was never going to be a successful romance for him. You can try all you like to be with someone you fancy, but if you don’t understand each other, on basic fundamental levels, then you can never really know each other.

I think the addition of Dumbledore’s Army was another stroke of genius. It was a great idea to give Harry the chance to continue what his parents and their friends started. And it also helped him to show his friends that he was ready to do anything necessary to fight the injustice of Delores Umbridge and the Ministry’s attempt to take over Hogwarts. No-one was going to accept that He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named was alive again, until Harry told his story and yet, still, everyone looks beyond his past actions and heroism, beyond his past where he saved them all, countless times, from He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and they accept the lies in the Daily Prophet. Because, in real life, it’s sometimes easier to accept a happy lie than a hard truth. No-one wanted He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named to have risen again, no-one wanted to believe it, so they chose not to. Instead, they chose to believe that Harry Potter, their Chosen One, was the enemy instead.

Order of the Phoenix is another extension of exploring Harry's past and that of his parents. It was Neville’s part in the story that made me cry. Harry’s right - how is it that he’s famous for being alive, with no parents, and gets a lot of sympathy for the death of his parents when no-one acknowledges Neville’s struggle? How can no-one care or have sympathy for Neville, who is technically an orphan, because Bellatrix tortured his parents into madness? But it’s another show of people choosing what to believe. No-one wants to remember He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named in his darkest days, so they choose not to remember the injuries caused by his Death Eaters - Neville’s parents are ignored because they’re a reminder of the lasting damage He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named caused the wizarding world. Meanwhile, Harry is a constant reminder that He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named can be beaten.

The most important lesson, to me, was this one : "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” What about that doesn't make you just want to bubble until you can’t cry anymore? Because it’s true. There are times in your life when you suffer so badly that you can’t even breathe or think or feel anything without feeling like it will crush you, if you let it in.

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