- Ever since Harry Potter had come home from Hogwarts, he had been stuck spending summer break with the Dursleys. However, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags to return to school, he found a strange, impish creature waiting there: a house-elf named Dobby, who warned Harry that if he returns to Hogwarts, disaster would strike.
- Yet, Harry didn't care about random threats from Dobby. He was determined to sneak away from the Dursleys desperately in order to meet his best friends at school.
- And it turned out, Dobby was right. Fresh torments and horrors arised, including an outrageous professor who haunted in the girls' bathroom, the rumors about the chamber of secrets, and a magical diary owned by a Hogwarts student long ago. But all of these seem like minor concerns when the real trouble began, someone, or something start attacking Hogwarts students, turning them into stone.
“It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
- Harry Potter is a character whose life is marred by attention and speculation. However, Harry learns that regardless of the abilities he’s born with, the decisions he makes are far more critical for the future. This is a recurring theme that shows all of us we can become what we choose.
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Albus Dumbledore
- Dumbledore reminds us that fear of a problem is much worse than the actual problem. While pretending something doesn't exist is comforting, ignoring challenges only causes more problems.
1) We have to face our fears to get what we want
- As much as we’d all like to stay in our comfort zone, sometimes life requires us to breakthrough it for our own good. In Harry’s case, “following the spiders” meant finding the answer to rescuing Hermione from her stunned state.
2) We are never truly alone
- All of us are subject to the feeling of loneliness, but are we ever truly alone? While Harry seems to go through difficulties on his own most of the time, Harry Potter always had the support of his friends and guardians, showing us that there’s no such thing as ever being truly alone. Knowing that someone provides motivation is necessary to get through hard times.
3) We control our future through the choices we make.
Sometimes it seems that everything is out of our hands. Yet, with the right mindset, you can control fate. For teenagers, everything seems to be controlled by pressure from parents, teachers, and friends. It may seem like everything is out of your control, howbeit, our thoughts and actions can ultimately change what may seem like a predetermined fate.