25 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned From Every Character In Harry Potter


1. Harry Potter

The fact of your continued survival is not all you have to offer this world, even after feeling like you’ve lost everything but your life. Your past is not the defining factor of your future. It only proves that you have the strength to survive anything that it throws at you.

2. Hermione Granger

Love is stronger than hate. Wisdom is stronger than knowledge. Loyalty is stronger than encouragement. And, courage is found in all of these things.

3. Ron Weasley

Facing your fears is overwhelming, but worth the reward. Being brave isn’t always running into battle with your sword held high. Sometimes, it’s sacrificing your own peace of mind, time and energy to help others get through their struggles, too.

4. Luna Lovegood

Being yourself is the greatest gift you can give the world. Only you can provide the world with your truth, your thoughts, and your unique, brilliant existence. Conforming to society isn’t how to achieve peace with yourself. Accepting yourself for the quirky, odd, wonderful person you are, is. Celebrate yourself as often as possible.

5. Professor Dumbledore

As he states himself, “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

6. Professor Snape

There is a story behind every human’s outward actions. Consider this before judging them. Holding onto hate will kill you. Forgive often, and generously. Love fiercely, and do so with loyalty. Sometimes, what is right isn’t always easy. You can be hurting and still do the right thing. You are capable.

7. Dobby

Freedom from your pain is always attainable, especially if you find the right support system to help you achieve it. Friendship is an indescribable, wonderful gift. Hold onto those you consider companions. They may end up saving your life.

8. Voldemort

You will not find peace or power in tearing yourself apart, nor in trying to overpower the people around you. Hate will always lose in the end. Existing without connection isn’t living. Neither is trying to survive without love.

9. Draco Malfoy

It’s never too late to resist the darkness. It’s never too late to take hold of your present, and refuse to let your past, or the people who have controlled it, have leverage over you.

10. Molly Weasley

Treat friends like family, and treat strangers like friends. Life is too long of a journey to be selfish. Be generous in all you do, and I’m doing so, you will find a strength in love that you cannot imagine.

11. Sirius Black

You aren’t defined by other people’s opinions of you. As long as you know who you are, are genuine to yourself, and have a handful of people in your life who understand your true character, you don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Your existence, personality, and reality of self is valid.

12. Moaning Myrtle

The past will haunt you only as long as you give it power. And, if you reflect on it, you may end up learning a thing or two about how to manage the present.

13. Nymphadora Tonks

You are only young once. Enjoy it. Grow from the people and experiences around you. Don’t waste a second of the time you have, the love you give, and the things you learn.

14. Professor McGonagall

The things you care about are always worth fighting for.

15. Bellatrix Lestrange

Constantly pursuing the past will drive you mad. There is no gain in seeking revenge, or dedicating your life to a cause of hatred.

16. Hagrid

You cannot control the future. You can only control how you prepare for it, who you choose to share it with, and how you handle what it brings.

17. Remus Lupin

You, exactly as you are, with all flaws and faults, are deserving and capable of finding love. And, chocolate can often fix a bad day.

18. Dolores Umbridge

Being unkind and controlling will backfire in the end. Encourage independence. Offer help and support, rather than trying to suppress or ignore.

19. Lily Potter

Alone, we are vulnerable, and weak. United, survival is inevitable. Love is the strongest force on earth.

20/21. Fred/George Weasley

Laugh often. Life is not meant to always be taken seriously. Bringing joy to other people will likely bring it to you, as well.

22. Ginny Weasley

Keep a cool head. You don’t have control over the people around you, or the situations they put themselves in. But, you will continue to grow despite their actions, and, over time, you might find them transforming with you.

23. Cho Chang

It’s okay to take time to grieve. Recovering from loss isn’t a battle that last a single day. You are allowed to not be ready to move forward.

24. Cedric Diggory

A life worth living is not defined by your victories, but the people you have the honor of sharing them with. Be kind and humble, always, and good people will be drawn to you.

25. Neville Longbottom

Your purpose may not be evident to you every second, but you are destined for a greatness that you can’t possibly even comprehend yet. Look forward to the future, and be mindful of all you can do to create a better present. It is not always simple to be confident, but finding the things and people that give you confidence makes life that much more purposeful. And, most importantly, you are never, ever alone.