Raise your wands, friends. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out 20 years ago. Twenty!
For this very special occasion, we’ve calmed down, wiped some tears, remembered the good times, and collected the best lessons Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna, Draco, Snape, and Dumbledore taught us.
Always trust the girl who knows where the library is. She’s smarter than you and she’ll save your butt.
That the best way to fight against depression (dementors) is to focus on the good and remember what and who you’re fighting for — and that the second best way, even in the magical world, is chocolate.
— Leah Rachel von Essen
J.K. Rowling was turned down by twelve publishing houses. Twelve. And she still persevered and believed in the story she wanted to tell. Oh, and never follow the spiders.
— Kate Krug
Smart girls who read books save the day. Harry and Ron wouldn’t have made it past book one if it wasn’t for Hermione.
You matter. Your pain matters. You are allowed to feel anger, grief and sadness at how things went.
— Priya Sridhar
Words are an inexhaustible form of magic.
— Molly Wetta
People are not one-dimensional beings. Sometimes bullies are lonely and mentors are selfish. Your faves are problematic.
— Deepali Agarwal
Keep resisting, even when it seems like there’s no hope left.
— Katie McLain
There’s no such thing as free lunches, even in the world of magic.
— Tasha Brandstatter
Words matter. Take that as you will, because it means about a thousand different things, all of which are true. Words. Really. Matter.
— Ilana Masad
It’s quite OK to be the airy loony girl in the group with radish earrings and a bunny patronus. Also: Friends, friends, friends are the most important.
— Ashley Holstrom
Journalists who stalk and slut-shame teenagers are pure evil. Shut them down before they enable a tyrant regime.
— Priya Sridhar
We always have a choice. We can choose to give up. We can choose to push forward. We can choose to give in to our fear. We can choose to confront it. The hardest choices can come with both the most severe consequences and the greatest rewards. The point is that we have a choice. Always.
— Cassandra Neace
What’s the best lesson Harry et al taught you?