I spoke in church today, and do you know what I spoke on?
You guessed it. Harry Potter.
Of course! And why? Well, today is Neville Longbottom‘s birthday, and Harry’s is on Tuesday. So it would only make sense that I’d have to speak about them in church.
You’re probably wondering how a girl such as I could talk about such a devilish, horrible, sacrilegious, wicked topic in Sacrament Meeting, so I will gladly explain how Harry Potter is a perfect illustration of the importance of family, (which was featured in roughly 87.88% of the talks in this past General Conference) as well as a plethora of other essential gospel topics and principles, and why every human should read the tales of the Boy Who Lived. ….
THE WEASLEYS: correct me if I’m wrong, The Most Fantastic Fictional Family Ever Created.
Why are the Weasleys such an amazing family? Well, they gather together for meals and all other occasions, they communicate with each other, they work out their problems together, if they had the gospel in their lives, they would most certainly attend church together, pray together, and read their scriptures together.
Maybe I’ll get called to the Hogsmeade Mission.
So, the Weasleys are an example of a strong family that sticks together, takes care of each other, shows LOVE for each other, forgives one another, protects each other, and stands for truth and righteousness. (Obviously that’s what Dumbledore’s Army is all about.)
Let’s agree that they are just the greatest fictional family ever. Don’t correct me, because I’m not wrong.
Oh them. We thought they were evil, and they were nasty to Harry and the Weasleys and Dumbledore and Buckbeak and Hagrid and Sirius and Lupin and pretty much everyone, and led the Death Eaters in that stupid rampage at the Quidditch World Cup, and allowed Voldemort to dwell in their manor, and participated in the dark works of the Death Eaters. But they were different.
Do you know why? Because they had love. (Obviously not Bellatrix. I won’t even go there.)
That single characteristic is what sets them apart from the other Death Eaters, and what ultimately saves them (to a certain degree) in the end.
Are we seeing a pattern? The most powerful weapon is love, and the most powerful love is the love in a family.
Yes, I am including these folks. They are cows. We all know that. But I still want to point out that they loved each other and tried to protect each other.
As Dumbledore said, Do not not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. Above all, those who live without love. Dumbledore is so great. What a blessing it is to have an eternal family.
In conclusion, Harry Potter teaches the importance of family relationships. From the example of the Weasleys, we can add our own knowledge of the Plan of Happiness (“happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ”) and prepare for our eternal families. (Yes, I had to add that. I’m a college student. That’s the law.)
Isn’t Harry Potter awesome? There are SO MANY lessons to be learned from this fantastic series. Siriusly.