Warning: Spoilers ahead!
This weekend, I had the opportunity to reread the Harry Potter series. It was probably the umpteenth time that I immersed myself in the magical world and followed the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their endless thrilling adventures.
Harry Potter was a part of my child hood, something that I grew up with and has learnt a lot from. One message that the series was able to successfully deliver was that love is powerful. Throughout the series, we had to witness the deaths of many characters: Harry’s parents, Cedric, Sirius, and Professor Dumbledore, etc. Their passing broke their friends and family’s hearts and were deeply felt by the audience. However, death was not equivalent to the end, and each of their sacrifices had its own meaning.
When Harry was devastated after the death of Sirius, the uncle that he loved and admired, Luna comforted him and told him about the whispers behind the Veil and the afterlife and told him how he might be able to meet his lost ones using the Mirror of Erised. Indeed, Harry was able to see the last moment of his mother Lily, when she was trying to protect him from Voldemort. He also saw his dad James being a protector in his Animagus form as a shining red stag.
In the case of Professor Dumbledore, even though after his death, all that remaining was his image that could move between the portraits in the Principle Office, his spirit still lingered around to look after harry and Hogwarts. Harry’s passed away loved ones might not be there for him in person, but their love would always guide and protect him in the battle against Voldemort.