***SPOILER ALERT — If you have not had the pleasure of indulging in the world of Harry Potter, then know now that this post contains some spoilers. And trust me, you want to approach the books as purely as possible…if that is even possible these days!***
I saw the last Harry Potter movie this weekend — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I was quite excited and quite sad at the same time.
Have you ever felt that way? It’s an interesting feeling.
I’ve grown quite fond of Mr. Harry Potter, you see. Oh, and the same goes for Ms. Hermione Granger, Mr. Ronald Weasley, and the rest of that magical cast. I, like millions of others, have found a fictional home at Hogwarts. Would you go there if admitted? I probably would…even knowing there was a creepy chamber with a basilisk, wandering ghosts, and a willow that can wipe you out with one swing of its rubbery branches.
Why do we love the Harry Potter books so much? What is the magic spell they cast? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but as for myself? I think it has to do with the theme of this blog — Nobody’s View. I created this blog because I believe strongly in the idea that one need not be a “somebody” to have an opinion. It isn’t only celebrities, personalities, socialites, and politicians that get to have a say in this world.
It’s all of us.
And so we come to Mr. Potter.
Harry emerged from obscurity — a world under the stairs in his aunt and uncle’s home — to greatness. It wasn’t necessarily a greatness he chose, but rather, one that was foist upon him by circumstance and the dark lord Voldemort. In the midst of his unintended fame, Harry struggles to live a “normal” life of school, sports, and goofy love. In the end, he defeats darkness and brings light back to regular folks the world over. The epilogue finds him married, parenting, and moving on.
Now, my point isn’t that I (or anyone else for that matter!) am the second coming of Harry Potter and that I am emerging from under any stairs to save the world. No. The point is that every one of us contains within us greatness. Is it always obvious? Of course not. Is it always popular? Absolutely not. Is it always tapped in our lifetimes? Nope. But the fact remains that our existence brings us the possibility to change the world no matter who we are.
Maybe it’s silly to use J.K. Rowling’s amazing creation as the jumping off mark to make this point. But then again, ask yourself why so many people are attracted to the franchise. Maybe there’s a reason we have all come to believe in Harry Potter and the power of magic. Is it a mirror into our deepest desires and most potent possibilities? Maybe an unknown boy living under some stairs stirs something passionate in our core…something we know so desperately to be true — that everyone has a chance to make a difference.
I am working on a book project right now…a project that brings this belief front and center in ways even I didn’t expect (you can help support the project with a subscription to my blog!). It is a product of a life lived like so many billions of us — under the stairs and out of the limelight. We have the power to transform our lives, other lives, and the world at large. Don’t believe me? Well, become part of the movement. Start today. Discover a strength you have deep inside of you and let it shine. Come out from under the stairs and work some magic in the world.
Or, if you are so inclined, check out one of Harry Potter’s amazing books and find inspiration in a story — a fictional story that has something powerful to say to the rest of us in the stranger world of non-fiction.
I think I’m going to climb out from under the staircase and see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 again. One can never have too much inspiration, after all.