The Harry Potter series has inspired millions of fans across the world in a variety of ways. While people love the story and the characters, there are also many life lessons that can be derived from the series and its messages about good and evil.
These messages can be applied to all kinds of people, but there are certain lessons that moms especially can benefit from. While you might not think to find parenting or life advice from Harry Potter, it’s actually a good source of inspiration. Here are ten lessons that moms can learn from Harry Potter.
10 YOUR CHOICES AS A PARENT MATTER MORE THAN BEING PERFECT AT IT
One of the biggest themes of the series is how it’s choices that define who people are more than their abilities or background. This is a lesson that can easily be applied to motherhood. While it can be easy to feel like you're not equipped or that you don’t know how to be a perfect parent, it’s important to remember that this is all right.
The most important thing is to make choices that reflect your love of your children and that you’re doing your best to do right by them. This doesn’t mean you have to make perfect choices, but it’s clear that you’re doing your best to make good ones.
9 THERE IS HAPPINESS EVEN IN THE DARKEST DAYS
Harry Potter deals with some pretty heavy themes including war, death, and bigotry. But, one of the messages of the books is that happiness can be found even in the darkest of days. Motherhood isn’t an easy thing.
There are many moments, days, and even months that can seem dark, depressing, and nearly hopeless. This lesson can remind you that even during those dark moments that there is hope, and there are even little glimpses of happiness to be found.
8 REMEMBERING WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A CHILD IS IMPORTANT
One of the lesser noted but insightful quotes from the series is said by Dumbledore during Order of the Phoenix. He says that “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”
This quote makes for a good lesson to remind you that it’s okay if you and your children don’t always understand each other. The important thing is to try to put yourself in their shoes sometimes. They see the world differently and have different struggles than you do, and remembering what it felt like to be a child can go a long way.
7 HAVING FEARS IS OKAY
Everybody has fears. The Harry Potter series often deals with the ideas of fear and overcoming them even if you’re still feeling frightened. Many of the characters in the series overcome their fears such as Harry learning to fight back against the Dementors.
The lesson for mothers is that it’s okay to have fears. Whether they are about parenting or something else, being afraid is natural. You can be afraid and still do great things, and bravery is all about facing fears, not the absence of them.
6 WE ALL NEED HELP FROM OTHERS
Another lesson that gets driven home in the series is that no one can really do anything alone. While Harry is the Chosen One who is supposed to defeat Voldemort, he needs help on his journey. He gets the most help from his closest friends, Ron and Hermione, but others help him along the way, too.
Similarly, as a mother, it’s important to ask for help. It’s okay to need help, and we all do sometimes. Understanding that we all need to help each other out and that having support is essential is a good lesson to learn.
5 TEACHING EMPATHY AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS A PARENT CAN DO
Another big theme from the series is how learning to embrace differences and love other people is important. Voldemort is a bigoted tyrant who targets one group of people because they are different than him.
The best people in the Harry Potter recognize the humanity in everyone. This is a good lesson to take and teach to your children. Teaching them to have empathy and respect for others from a young age will help them to become compassionate people.
4 A LOVING HOME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY
This is another theme that comes up often in the series, especially when it comes to family. This goes again to the idea of choice and how where you come from doesn’t determine if you’re a good person.
For example, while the Malfoys have tons of money, they are horrible people. And the Dursleys who are well off, raise their son to be spoiled rotten. On the other hand, the Weasleys who don’t have much money at all provide an environment of warmth and love that allows their children to thrive.
3 DEALING WITH YOUR OWN TRAUMA IS IMPORTANT
As a mother, it can be easy to always put your children first. But, putting yourself first sometimes and addressing your own problem is so important.
In the books, dealing with trauma is a big theme. Harry has to deal with his own trauma as he goes through the journey. Similarly, all mothers should make sure to put their mental health as one of their top priorities.
2 LOVE IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FORCES IN THE WORLD
Of all the themes from the Harry Potter books, this one is one of the most important. Love is a very powerful kind of magic in the books. It’s actually a mother’s love that protects Harry and allows him to live when Voldemort tried to kill him.
In this way, you can also be inspired by how love can impact and affect the world. Love and kindness are extremely powerful.
1 FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE SO IMPORTANT
This is another important message from the series. Having people who love and support you is so essential. Even if your family situation wasn’t ideal, just like Harry’s wasn’t, finding people who can be close to you like family can make all the difference.
So, as a mom, your love of your family is essential, but it’s also important to remember the impact that friends can have in your life.