This being my blog, my sanctuary, there was only one quote this could have been:
“Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I’ve been with Harry Potter since I was seven years old, and there are so many others that could have pipped this one to the post:
“Help will always be available at Hogwarts, for those who ask for it,”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams, and to forget to live,”
“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Each one has its own little piece of magic (pardon the pun). But the first one – that’s the most important to me. Far too often we see mental health not being taken seriously, or being regarded as lesser to physical illness (as if pain is a competition).
Rowling references mental health frequently throughout the Harry Potter series – depression, grief, PTSD, flashbacks, and (most tragically in my opinion) Neville Longbottom’s poor, tortured parents.
Sometimes we need to be a little kinder to each other, and, more often than not, a little kinder to ourselves. Just because no one else can see it, doesn’t mean it’s not real.