Sitting in the movie theater last night with the 3D glasses hiding my I-Can’t-See-Without-Them glasses, I watched as the epic tale of Harry Potter and friends came to an end. From the moment the movies started years ago, I felt the link between Harry’s adventure and my own.
On the big screen, I saw layer upon layer of his story mirror the stories that I tell myself about my own being. There is the loss of a parent (in his case two), feeling marked by the moment of death. There are the friends who know my battles and engage in them with me. There is the part of myself fighting those dark parts of the psyche which must not be named, and the gift of craft (in this case arts and crafts…creativity) which I use to change my life.
Even thought the greater story of Harry Potter is all wrapped up for me now, my own story will go on as true stories do. I will find reflections in other tales great and small which will help me understand myself. That is the medicine of story.
Show and Tell
Where do you see your inner story mirrored in popular culture? Are there movies, songs, books, or works of art that speak to you? Let us know. Either leave a comment or write a blog-piece and drop a link in the comments.
If you are a Potter friend, you might check out Pottermore. It seems JK Rowling has another trick up her sleeve.
- Harry Potter in Pop Culture: 10 Memorable Mentions (popsugar.com)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (sincerelycourtney.wordpress.com)
- Harry Potter’s Communal Storytelling Engine (marclougee.com)