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Harry Potter and Growing up

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
— Dumbledore

Harry Potter was an institution growing up. It was the one series everyone had read and could discuss without divisiveness. At its core, it was the tale of good vs evil, but it was also so much more than that. Harry Potter was a world to lose yourself in while growing up.

Harry Potter is simple, elegant, storytelling for young audiences that allows them to escape to a different world and see things from a different perspective. Easier said than done, as this is the premise behind almost every novel. Few have executed it so well.

Perhaps it is because Harry was a flattish character surrounded by more complex, well rounded characters that we could so easily fill in the gaps and see things from his perspective while creating our own meaning in his journey. Regardless, it was great growing up with Harry Potter.