Life lessons learned from Harry Potter
Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore

Anyone that knows me, or follows me on twitter, Instagram etc, will probably agree that this post has been quite a long time coming. I am, quite frankly, a massive geek Harry Potter fangirl and am definitely sorrynotsorry about it. I grew up with the books and remember going to see all the films for my friend’s birthday (who annoyingly had her birthday a few weeks before mine so always got in first for seeing it for her birthday, bitch lucky girl!) and the love affair has never really ended.

Yes, I am 23 years old – f**k, am I really? Pretty sure I was 18 only a couple of weeks ago – and I legit look forward to having a Harry Potter marathon and a good read when possible. And considering that I’ve seen the films more times than I’ve had Indian takeaways and stalked Harvey Specter (which let me just tell you is a lot) I thought I’d list a few things I’ve learnt from my many marathons because let me just tell you, teachers might teach you the intellectual shit, but Harry Potter schools you in life.

No seriously, like, Albus Dumbledore over any school teacher any day of the week [insert hands up emoji here].

So, said life lessons learned from Harry Potter…

Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. It might have been Neville Longbottom – bet he never forgave Hermione for that petrificus totalus, bitch – that inspired this but it’s a life lesson I’ve discovered so essential for staying true to yourself. I’d always rather suffer the consequence of standing up for my beliefs than be a lesser version of myself in silence.
Love is the most powerful force in the world. (Bar like, a bomb or something.) But I’m pretty sure we all deemed Lily Potter #MumGoals when she dived in front of old Voldemort’s curse.
Being cool isn’t everything. Oh how I bloody well wish I knew this as a teen! It makes me laugh so much to look back and remember how much I craved being cool, and I can actually remember turning 17, discovering makeup and my own style… and finally realising that “being cool” is actually a bit boring. Ironically, admitting I was obsessed with Harry Potter at 17 was probably one of the first times I really gave no shits about being cool and finally accepted myself. Be different, don’t conform, be 100% you. Plus Hermione was a right old geek but name someone that wasn’t impressed with her wingardium leviosa? Just saying…

With age comes wisdom, Dumbledore you little babe, you know I’m talking about you!
You don’t have to share the same blood to be family. Luckily I have a babe’in family but Harry, Ron and Hermione are living proof of this. As are the Dursleys (horrible little shits)!

Cedric Diggory is fit!

Draco Malfoy’s peroxide blonde hair was surprisingly trendsetting, who the fudge would have thought it?

Never try to be someone you’re not (unless you’ve got some polyjuice potion handy and a lock of Harvey Specter’s wife’s hair and then you down that shiz and revel in your own happiness for an hour.)  But seriously, for one, you won’t be able to keep it up for long, and two, you’ll be ridiculously unhappy. Embrace who you are unapologetically. After all, Gilderoy Lockhart taught us this lesson and let’s be honest, he’s probably the biggest prat of the whole series of films.

Don’t judge people by their appearances. I would really hope that this is something we all know anyway, but it’s true. I’m officially Team Ginge – Ron over Harry, always – and I’d marry Hagrid in a heartbeat. (Anyone else think his little hut is the cutest thing ever?)

Everything’s not always what it seems. As well as not judging appearances, never jump to conclusions and always try to find out the whole story before forging an opinion on the situation.. I think we’re probably all guilty of doing this but if Snape actually being a mega babe in the end isn’t proof of this point then I don’t know what is.

Teamwork really does make the dream work. I love that one of the main focuses of the books is the friendship between Ron, Harry and Hermione, and the warm fuzzy feels that absolutely anything is possible when those babes are together. I’ve always loved working in a team and learning/knowing how to do that is just essential for getting on in life. (Never be the dick that can’t work in a team, never be that person!)

You’re never too old to believe in magic. I’m think I’m very much a realist (which is not the same as being a pessimist I would like to point out) but there will always be a tiny part of me that believes in magic. Not, “wave your wand around like a prat”/”wingardium leviosa” magic, but just real life “I can’t believe this is happening to me” kinda magic. I really love that kind 🙂
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” This is without a doubt one of my favourite quotes. I truly believe that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that everything happens for a reason. So if you, yep you, reading this right now are going through a tough time, please always remember that quote. Happiness can and will be found!
So there you have it. Those are, to be totally honest, just a handle of things I’ve learned from HP – yep, doing that really cool abbreviation thing again – over my many years of watching the films. Now, obviously a lot of those are said in jest and despite being a bit of a fangirl I promise you that I’m not a crazy, obsessive, “shrine to HP in my bedroom” kinda girl. But I do just really love it. It’s the thing that never fails to put a smile on my face and makes me feel better, but it also always leaves me feeling a little inspired too – to be creative and imaginative, not to go out and buy a robe and pretend to be Hermione FYI – and I am always down for anything inspiring.
I would love to know if you’re a fellow Harry Potter fangirl like me or do you actually have a life? What have you learned from the books/films? I always love hearing your thoughts!
As always, thanks so much for reading!


  1. Jordan says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Biggest Harry Potter nerd 2.0 over here! We need to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour together <3 xx

  2. Actually love this post! Huge fangirl here too. You nailed it with the life lessons from the series, who could have ever guessed Snape was a lil cutie inside??

    Megan x

  3. hahahahaha LOVE this! Must start re-reading my stash.

  4. This is so great, I saw it on Hannah's twitter, and very much like you, I'm 23 and HP has been a massive part of my life since I was 5. I spent a decade of my life falling asleep listening to the audiobooks, have reread them all so many times and still have Stephen Fry's dulcet tones reading to me on long journey's in the car! Totally agree with every single one of your points here too! Alice xxx

  5. Jodie V says:

    I couldn't agree any more with everything you've said! How you believe in magic is exactly what I've been wanting to say for ages but I just didn't know how to phrase it so thank you! x

    Jodie //

  6. What wonderful life lessons and I agree, having Dumbledore as your teacher would be pretty amazing 😉

  7. I love Harry Potter, I basically spent my childhood reading these books and watching the movies!

  8. I loved this post so much! I'm a massive Harry Potter fan, I watch all the films once a month and my house has harry potter stuff everywhere! I love it so so so so SOOOO much!!
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  10. Rachel-Beth says:

    This post was frikkin amazing! As a fellow Potter fangirl I can totally see how these lessons are so great for growing up! And yes, Cedric Diggory is fiiiine!

    Rachel xx

  11. Call Me Amy says:

    Ahh Elle I actually love this post so much that I kinda want to print it off and stick it on my wall haha. Harry Potter fan girl for life for sure and YES to Ron over Harry although my favourite point is the Cedric diggory one haha.
    Amy xx
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    P.S there's no need to pretend you don't have a shrine to Harry…

  12. Gemma Magpie says:

    This post had me smiling throughout, it's so funny but SO TRUE! xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  13. This was such a fun post to read, and spot on. Life lessons with my favourite (Harry Potter) inspiration, such a fan too. Have a lovely weekend. /Madison
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  14. Art Adorned says:

    Nice post hon, I love me some Harry Potter too.

  15. Girl this is you all over – I better get back to reading the books! Love all the little references and important messages, so so true!

    Lauren x
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  16. Oh my god this gave me ALL the feels, I'm so emotional now! I'm so glad that we're the generation that were able to grow up with Harry Potter. We're so lucky to have been able to experience it first x

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  17. Really great post with such lovely sentiment, I had never looked deeper into Harry Potter, but you are right there are so many important lessons to be learned…. every day is a school day! 🙂

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Amazing tips. Actually I was never a huge fan of Harry Potter, but still love the advice ☺
    Nati xx

  19. Meg Siobhan says:

    YES. L-O-V-I-N-G this post! And this is so true! It definitely taught us a lot of things, that's for sure.

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  20. MeMe Books says:

    How can you not love Harry Potter, what I loved the most was how J.K Rowling wrote the story the way she wanted and now how the fans wanted it to go!

    Meme xx

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  21. i have always loved the Harry Potter books. I'm glad to have this kinship with you 🙂 i'm a big JK Rowling fan.

  22. Huge Harry Potter fan right here as well (I legitimately own a wand) so I found this post really fun to read. There aren't enough Harry Potter related posts out there!

  23. Alina Bostan says:

    Loved Harry Potter back in the day, movies as well as the books. I'm not 23 anymore however *sob* so haven't watched in so long. Love all the quotes & lessons learned x

    Beauty with charm

  24. I'm a fan of Harry POtter and im lovin all the good things you can get on it.
    Like friendship, loyalty and determination.

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  25. This is absolutely great! Have an amazing new week.

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  26. This is the cutest post! Love Harry Potter! That series has the best life lessons!

    <3 Shannon
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  27. crafty-zone says:

    I adore HP too and I also think that everything happens for a reason, this Dumbledore's quote is a winner, it's very wise and motivating!

  28. Gabrielle says:

    Oh girl haha, this is so cute (and I can totally relate to feeling 18 yesterday and now suddenly being in the early twenties!). Not being afraid to stand up for what you believe in is probably the biggest life lesson I took as well as from Harry Potter 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  29. Danielle says:

    absolutely love this, i'm the biggest harry potter fan ever! i could watch the movies every single day but i really need to reread the books soon!

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  30. Rai Erin says:

    Harry Potter is LIFE! Being the proud Slytherin that I am I totally LOVE THIS POST. Agree with it all these are such great lessons. The books are amazing and yes magic is the core focus but it teaches you so many life lessons, talk about amazing! Love this post 😀

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  31. Absolutely love this Ellie! I love that you've got so much variety on your blog now too – it's so refreshing to read something different 🙂 xxx

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  32. I'm 24 and still obsessed with HP! I'm honestly so glad that I got to grow up reading this series because it's the best, and as you know, since you've dedicated a whole blog post to it (and I'm so happy you did), HP has some amazing life lessons in there and I lowkey wish Dumbledore was my mentor lol
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