Today is a special day. It is the 34th birthday of the Boy Who Lived and the 49th birthday of the author who kept us captivated for over a decade and taught many of us how to immerse ourselves in a good book. In honor of this momentous occasion, I present to you ten lessons from the Wizarding World that can be translated to our daily lives right here at camp.
- No single house is more important or admirable than another. Each stands out for its own unique strengths and virtues.
- Never be afraid to stand up for your convictions and go with your gut, even if a 3-headed dog or 2-face man stands in the way.
- There’s a lot more to a meal than just food- dinnertime is bonding time. Food is good too, though.
- Sometimes a tough exterior is just disguising the best of intentions. Take the time to understand and appreciate the people around you, peers and potions maters alike.
- Don’t believe everything you hear. Quick-notes quills never tell the whole truth.
- Don’t try to grow up too fast. Sometimes all the answers lie in a children’s book.
- Bushy-haired girls can be heroes too.
- Never underestimate the power of humor. Sometimes a good joke is all you need to diffuse the tension.
- Take the time to appreciate nature and the world around you, even the parts you can’t see.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help. The most meaningful victory are the ones you earn hand-in-hand with your friends.
-Lady Kate Gladstone