The Potters' Sacrifice

October 31, 2018

Today - Halloween - marks the 37th anniversary of James and Lily Potter's deaths (also 526 years since Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's death).
As someone who has been through more than their fair share of loss in the last few years, I can feel true pain in my heart for young Harry and all that he had to face. I know, I know, he's just a fictional character. But from 15 months to 11 years old, Harry did not know of a single person who cared for him. He had never had a friend. He was given the bare minimum to survive. It's nothing short of a miracle that Harry ended up as functional as he did, but on this day, I can't help but ponder the sacrifices that James and Lily made.
When Lord Voldemort killed Harry's parents, they were both just 21 years old. When I was 21, I was throwing Harry Potter-themed Halloween parties and binge-watching Netflix with my cat. Meanwhile, James and Lily were actively standing up to the Dark Lord. Lily literally sacrificed herself to protect her son - and protect him she did. Harry survived - and ultimately was able to defeat Voldemort - because of Lily's love.
On a holiday surrounded by ghosts, scary movies, and candy, what I choose to dwell on the most is love. The love that James and Lily had for all people. The love that Lily had for Harry. And the love that I have for a book series created by a single mother who had recently experienced her own loss (in more ways than one).
If Harry Potter has taught me anything, it's that love can conquer all. Even on the scariest day of the year...

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