With perpetually untidy black hair, bright green eyes, and a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead, Harry Potter, aged 11, walked into our lives on a fateful day in June, 1997 and thus began a two-decade-long love affair with one of the world’s greatest fictional characters spread across 7 books, 8 films and innumerable fan-fiction. As we celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, let’s take a moment to understand what makes him a truly memo-rable character.
When we first come across Harry, he is an orphan living in a closet under the stairs and treated, put it as an understatement, not very nicely by his aunt and uncle. The image of a young child who looks younger than his age and has suffered so much in such a short life struck an immediate chord in all readers and made us cheer for him even more. Everyone loves an underdog story after all.
It is no mistake that Harry ended up in Gryffindor, the house known for its bravery. Harry Potter was imbued with a special form of bravery, one that made him stand up for what was right time and again and one which made him willing to embrace death to end the reign of Voldemort. A true hero to cheer for indeed!
How we can all relate to him
Harry’s jealousy of Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory’s relationship, his resentment at not being chosen as a prefect in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and his awkward-ness at the Yule Ball are all feelings that we have experienced some time or the other and find relatable. Instead of a hero who can do no wrong, Harry is flawed in his own ways and that makes us like him even more.
His love for his friends and family
As we all know, love is what sets Harry apart from Voldemort. Born due to the effect of a love potion, Voldemort can never feel love, but Harry, whose mother’s love protected him, can. Harry’s love for everyone in his life, from Hagrid, whose illegal dragon he tries to pro-tect to Sirius and Dobby, is all encompassing and unchanging. This love is what matters in the end and helps him end Voldemort.
Perseverance is one of the main themes of the Harry Potter books. Every character has something they are persevering against, Ron trying to stand out from his brothers, Hermi-one persevering to be thought of as not just another pretty face and Harry struggling to come to terms with who he is. This act of not giving up and succeeding in the end makes Harry Potter an inspiration to all of us who are all struggling in our own ways.
It is hard to imagine Harry Potter without Hermione and Ron by his side. Much of what Harry accomplishes in life is through the support and love of his friends and he is equally generous towards them by giving away all his Triwizard earnings to the Weasley twins to help them start Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. They may fight and have disagreements, but the trio always came together when it matters the most.
All these and more make Harry Potter one of our favourite fictional characters ever!
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