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The old saying ‘never judge a book by its cover has been trotted out hundreds of times and yet all too often we don’t really appreciate its meaning. Making a snap judgment about someone is a risky business, as these books have shown us. A towering half-giant could turn out to be a loyal, kind, and gentle friend while a stuttering, nervous teacher may be harboring Voldemort in his turban. A dark, bitter Potions master may sacrifice everything to right a wrong for the love of his life, and even a paragon of wisdom like Dumbledore could have a complicated past. People aren’t always what they seem
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Harry may have inherited a whole vault of gold from his parents, but it couldn’t buy him the thing he perhaps yearned for the most: the family that was lost to him. On the flip side of the coin, Ron had grown up wearing and using hand-me-downs in a household that was constantly worrying about cos...
An unlikely trio, to begin with, Harry, Ron, and Hermione proved time and time again that real friendship forges an unbreakable bond. Together they managed to face Dementors and Death Eaters, Dolores Umbridge and Horcruxes. Not to mention the truly horrifying pitfalls of teenage life: relationshi...
We may not have wands (or at least ones that work), but we have friends — and that's the most powerful force in the whole Wizarding World.
Harry had to summon up all his courage when he sought out Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, but that wasn’t the only kind of bravery we saw throughout the books. Whether you stand up to your friends because they’re breaking the rules, like Neville did, or take a leaf out of Hermione’s book and f...
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