Friendship, Acceptance, Love and Belonging can Help over Evil and Challenges
The Harry potter and the philosopher stone is one of novel written by J.K Rowling. The Novel features Harry porter a young wizard. The novel describes how Harry Potter discovers that he is a wizard. In the Novel, Harry porter makes friends and a few enemies. Though most people have criticized the work, the book has become one of the most famous books as it touches on all ages. Most of the Harry Potter books have become beloved stories as they allow readers to flee into a world of magic. At the beginning of the novel, Voldemort, a wizard kills Harry’s parents and he vanishes mysteriously after trying to kill Harry. Harry is not injured during the incident, but he is rescued by professor Dumbledore, professor McGonagall and Hagrid and taken to his uncle and aunt .The author has explored many themes that are common in the real world. This has made the novel famous among all ages. The author analyzes two themes. That is the theme of love and friendship and theme of belonging. This paper analyzes the two themes.
The theme of love plays an important role in “Harry potter and the philosopher stone”. The author demonstrates the power of love through out the Novel. The author has used the theme of love to show how love conquers evil things and how it can help overcome challenges in life. The author has used the protagonist to show how love helps overcome evil and challenges.At first, Harry lives a miserable life as an orphan, but love and friendship help him overcome all the challenges in his life. For example, Harry survives the killing curse from Voldemort because of his mothers love. Harry’s mother sacrificed her own life so as to save her sons life. In the book, Lily potter gives Harry magical protection to protect him from Voldemort curse. This in turn makes it difficulty for Voldemort to kill Harry. Though most of the characters understand what love is, Voldemort does not understand what love is. Harry ability to love and be loved by other people distinguishes him from other characters like Voldemort. In addition, Harry’s ability to love protects him from the powers of dark art. Moreover, Harry’s love for his parents influences him positively and gives him determination to defeat Voldemort and other things that are connected with the dark art.
Additionally, Harry’s ability to love helps him get support from friends. Moreover, the author analyzes the importance of friendship in overcoming challenges. At first, Harry is isolated and he does not get love from his relatives. In addition, Harry does not have friends to support him. This forces Harry to escape into the world of magic and wonders. Harry’s life changes after joining HogwartsSchool. He makes many friends, but more importantly he makes a close relationship with Ron and Hermione. The friends help him with homesick and classes. In the book, Ron and Hermione help Harry reach the mirror of Erised in the dungeons. Hermione and Ron handle difficulty challenges that Harry could not handle alone. For instance, they handle professor McGonagall’s challenge of the giant wizarding chess. They also handle professor snape’s challenge of potion. Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione saves his life .This makes it easy for him to prevent Voldemort from finding the Sorcerers stone. Harry friendship with Ron and Hermione is important as it differentiates Harry from Voldemort. Voldemort finds it difficulty to form successful relationships with other people and he is unable to succeed (Rowing 2004).
Additionally, the theme of belonging has played a vital role in Harry’s life. The need to belong and find acceptance among characters is a major element in most of Harry potter’s novels. Harry does not have sense of belonging in his life. First, Harry does not fit with his relatives and this prevents him from getting the necessary care. After being rescued, Harry is taken to live with her aunt and uncle, Vernon and Petunia Dursley. Harry finds it hard to live with the family and he lives a lonely life. For example, Vernon destroys Harry’s letters before his eleventh birthday. She does not give Harry a chance to read the letters addressed to him. Then, Venon decides to take the family away to a lonely island so as to prevent Harry from seeing the letters. Hargrid informs Harry what Dursley has been hiding. Lack of support from the family members and good care makes life hard for Harry. A month later, Harry leaves the family to Hogwarts. In Hogwarts, Harry meet Wesley family who help pass through the magical wall to platform 9 ¾ so as to catch the train. Then, Harry escapes into the world of magic and wonders to seek comfort and belonging (Rowing 2004).
Also, Harry does not get along with all the children at school. For instance, Harry finds it difficulty to get along with Draco Malfoy. Draco Malfoy is a new pupil in the school. Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabble and Gregory Goyle offer to advice Harry, but Harry does not listen to them. This is because he dislikes Malfoy’s arrogance and prejudice. On the other hand, Harry’s relationship with Ron and Hermione works well as Harry’s listen to their advice and gets the necessary help. This makes it easy for him to succeed in life. After struggling for many years to belong, Harry joins the HogwartsSchool. At the Hogwarts, Harry is embraced and welcomed. The school does not care whether Harry is a wizard or not, but they welcome him well. The Hogwarts environment makes Harry have a sense of belonging and he makes close friends. Hence, the author has used the theme of belonging to show how the main character in the story is displaced and how he finally belongs to the HogwartsSchool (Rowing 2004).
In conclusion, themes of love and friendship and belonging are crucial in the story. The themes have helped the main character, Harry overcome challenges in life. Harry as an orphan has faced various challenges like lack of belonging, love, acceptance and friendship .The challenges have forced him to turn to magic. Through love and friendship, Harry manages to defeat the evil in the story. For instance, the Hermione and Ron help him defeat the evil. Also, Harry finally belongs as he is welcomed well at Hogwarts and makes many friends.
Rowing, J.K.Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Raincoast Books, 2004