If you are reading this, please also see this update: https://stayafraidbutdoitanyway.wordpress.com/2020/09/27/im-ashamed-of-my-love-for-harry-potter/
Harry Potter has always been there for me. Many people don’t understand my intense love for Harry Potter, but the truth is that Harry has been there for me when everything else has sucked. In times when I have suffered from crippling depression and felt like I would never ever be happy again, the world of HP gave me an escape from my own life into something magical and beautiful. In times where I felt anxious, sad, or angry, Harry Potter was an outlet for my negative emotions. I grew up with the Harry Potter books, setting, and characters. I grew up learning that “pure blood” often means greedy and jealous while “mudblood,” the most insulting thing you could call a witch or wizard, often means intelligent and skilled. I now relate almost everything I see or hear to Harry Potter. The recent Amendment One atrocity out of North Carolina? That reminded me of Professor Umbridge’s idea that “progress for progress’s sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering.” The impending losses that I am trying to prepare myself to experience? Well, after all, “to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” I also find the idea “the ones we love never truly leave us” very comforting.
Harry Potter taught me about love, friendship, courage, death, oppression, and to never judge something or someone by appearance alone. It taught me that people often aren’t what they seem, that it is important to be present and truly live your life, and that death is just another part of life. It taught me that prejudice is not okay but that it can be hard to change institutionalized oppression and racism. It taught me that girls can be powerful too, that we should all be thankful for every moment we have with the people we love, and that “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
This picture is of my brand new Harry Potter Tattoo that is based off of the Deathly Hallows symbol. Instead of a triangle for the Invisibility Cloak, I used Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s wands. Hermione’s wand forms the base because she is really what holds the group together. Ron and Harry would be lost without her. To me, this symbolizes the importance of friendship. Instead of a circle for the Resurrection Stone, I used a heart, which symbolizes the immense power and meaning of love. Instead of a line for the Elder Wand, I used a lightning bolt to symbolize courage. I chose to have it located where it is so that I can see it every day and be reminded of the wonderful lessons I’ve learned and the great childhood I had the privilege of experiencing. This tattoo is not for anyone but me, so I chose to have it oriented to where it would be right side up for me but upside down to most people looking at it.
I adore this tattoo. I adore everything about the HP universe. Thank you, Jo, for the amazing gift that you have given to me and so many others.