HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE.
In the Novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling’s, true friends afford an individual with the understanding and support to make hard decisions. Indeed, protecting and serving others destroys the natural human inclination to act selfishly, by understanding one’s place in society, emphasizing humility as a preferred way of living, and enabling individuals to look beyond their experiences. To understand means to become aware of the nature and significance of all walks of life and to learn to have tolerance and sympathy for one another. It is applicable to this story because without understanding one another, nobody would have been able to successfully change things for the greater good. Humility can be an underlying reason to a person’s behavior. It is the quality of being modest -usually used to talk about a lack of ego or lack of arrogance. The purpose behind humility in this novel was to remind us that true humility is not thinking less of oneself, but instead to think of oneself less. Enabling individuals to look beyond their experiences really gives people a push to strive. The relevance of humility in the novel starts from the very beginning. Someone’s experiences should not dictate their abilities to be greater in life. Furthermore, when understanding one’s place in society, emphasizing humility as a preferred way of living, and enabling individuals to look beyond their experiences, one can hope for nothing but good to come.
In the story of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter, the main character is not aware how famous and powerful he really is. He lost both his parents as an infant, and has been raised by his aunt and uncle, who do not by any means want the young man (about 11years old at the time) to find out that he is a powerful wizard, just like his parents were. Harry Potter meets Hagrid, a giant of a man, who tells him about his past and how his parents died, in the hand of the Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, who attacked and killed them .
The reward to humility is displayed in the book when Harry Potter gets the opportunity to go to the prestigious wizardly school, after 10 years of suffering under his uncle and aunt. Harry makes friends in school and learns how to play the aerial school sport called Quidditch. He gets into mystical fights and adventures, and even discovers a three-headed dog, which keeps a top secret. Harry is not spared the hostility of Professor Snape and Draco Malfoy a student, who do not take to him, and who make his life in school a bit difficult. In the process of adventure at school, Harry Potter is drawn into a web of magic and mystical things, and as he gets deeper into it, having chanced into it, he realizes that this is his destiny.
The book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, carries a heroism theme, when Harry Potter, as a young boy of 11 years gets to know and understand the powers he had, and goes onto pursue mythical and wizardly studies at the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is the hero in the book, and even though mystic and fantasy are highly employed in the work, the importance of self-discovery and pursuing the unknown to come to a greater understanding of self is highlighted. This is clear in the storyline where in the beginning Harry grew up suppressed and mistreated by his uncle’s family, but upon meeting the giant Hagrid, his life and destiny change, as he comes to the reality of who he really was. From then on, Harry Potter’s life is full of learning and adventure, accompanied by his two friends, Ron and Hermione, bringing out the importance of friendship and relationships in life. It is with the help of these friends that Harry Potter is able to prevent the coming back of the Wizard Voldermort, who had tried to kill him as a toddler but had succeeded in killing his parents.
Humility is a great virtue whose value is well articulated in the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, particularly in relation to the main character and hero. Harry Potter’s modesty and simplicity are paramount in his success and achievements as he continues to understand himself and his role in the mystical world. His humility is exemplified by his background as an orphan, who is maltreated by his uncle’s family, the Dursleys. However, it is important to note that Harry Potter’s humility in this story continues even when he gains success and fame at Hogwarts University. Even after his outstanding performance in the Quidditch sport by breaking record after record, he remains down to earth and always working to improve further. In fact, Harry is keen on maintaining the popularity of his character and respect, as opposed to showing off in arrogance, when he realised that he has become quite famous. His humility plays a fundamental role in helping him to find the sorcerer’s stone to help in the common good but not to use it to glorify himself or to acquire prominence and wealth, as is the aim with other wizards like Quirrell and Voldermort.
There are various symbols and imagery that are used in the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, including the wands, which are used by the various magicians to indicate their characters and personalities. The story treats the reader to an experience of both worlds; the real world and the mystical or fantasy world. Students read about normal everyday activities like going to school, reading stories, relating with guardians and other people, but are also introduced to the magical and mystical world of wizards and how they operate. The take home from this book despite the much drama and fantasy employed is that good defeats evil. Harry Potter and his friends represent the good, while Voldermort and Quirrell, represent evil, and we see that the sorcerer’s stone ends up with Harry for the greater good.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is a story that not only highlights humility as a virtue in life, but also portrays true friendship as an important ingredient to a successful and meaningful life. At school, Harry had two great and supportive friends (Hermione and Ron), and his mentor was Professor Dumbledore. The three friends (Harry, Ron and Hermione), bring unique talent and bravery to the fore, for instance, while Harry had mystical power, Ron was creative and supportive, while Hermione was brilliant. The combination of the three brought success up to the point of getting the sorcerer’s stone and defeating Voldermort, the evil wizard. Friendship and supporting one another are important components of achievement particularly in this case where it helped Harry Potter to achieve his goal. Bravery is also a characteristic that stands out in this story, because Harry was very courageous despite his shortcomings, and he believed in the course for good. What Harry lacked in brilliance he compensated by being courageous to pursue the common good. The love that Harry and his friends shared was instrumental in their success despite the hardships they went through.
Despite the fact that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has received massive acclaim from diverse sources, even winning many literary awards, there have been a few criticisms. For example, in the year 2000, Anthony Holden, a writer with The Observer, criticized the series of Harry Potter books as one-dimensional children’s books, and equated them to Disney Cartoons. Earlier, the Catholic Education Resource Centre, had opined that Harry Potter books were entertaining but have shallow lessons to impart. In fact, the main character Harry in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was seen to have been driven by revenge towards the wizard Voldermort and the bully in school. Other religious sources hold anti Harry Potter sentiments perhaps due to the glorification of mystical and magical tendencies, which are Satanic according to them, and which glorify fantasies as opposed to reality. The content of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has been variously described as evil and occultic, because witchcraft seems to be made to appear good and innocent. It is important to note that some Christians take the Harry Porter book and others in the series at face value, and do not think it is sin or evil, as it is purely imagination and mechanical, not realistic. The central theme of witchcraft that is very pronounced in the book is what makes critics weary of the values been imparted in children, who are targeted by this book as a learning tool.
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