Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives.
Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post will be focused on my favourite quote from a book series that the majority of the bookworm population have read, enjoyed and will cherish forever… Harry Potter!
Hang on, what did I talk about last week?
So last Sunday I talked about why quotes from literature are so important to us, and how they differ from generally inspiring quotes, as well as how quotes stand out to us when we’re reading, and how we keep track of our favourite quotes. This week, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite quotes from literature, and what it means to me, and explain how we can use our favourite quotes in everyday life.
Who doesn’t love a bit of Harry Potter?!
I thought it would be a good idea to apply what I discussed last week to one of my all time favourite quotes from the Harry Potter series, and explain why it is my favourite quote. This quote is…
What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.
– Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Who said it?
Hagrid is known in the Potter books for being slightly dopey, but a very lovable character, but when Dumbledore falls to his death, it’s almost like he feels a wave of responsibility for certain things. Of course, he is the keeper of keys for the castle, but he feels an overwhelming sense of protection, towards the trio in particular, but also an urge to guard the castle even more than before. This quote is more than reassurance for Harry, Ron and Hermione, but also for himself, to know that, even with Dumbledore gone, he is a strong and powerful faculty member of Hogwarts who will do whatever he can to protect the students.
The meaning behind the quote
It’s quite a self-explanatory quote- whatever happens in the future is going to happen. We can do as much as possible to change it, but most is inevitable, and we just have to deal with it when whatever ‘it’ is finally arrives.
I have seen quotes similar to this, worded slightly differently, before, and anyone can take inspiration and meaning from them, but what I love about being able to draw meaning from a book that means so much to me, is it’s context. General inspirational quotes you find on Pinterest are great (don’t get me wrong, I have a board or two with a collection of them), but what they lack is the context behind them. Literary quotes have several layers of context, such as who says the quote, and what is happening at the time. The context behind this quote is the fact that Dumbledore has just died, the only person Voldemort was ever scared of, which means Hogwarts is in an extremely vulnerable position, as are all students and staff within it. With Voldemort now returning to power, and the risk of battle right around the corner, this quote is perfectly placed towards the end of Half-Blood Prince, to provide the characters and us as readers, a sense of reassurance that, even though we know what’s coming, all we can do is prepare as best we can and tackle the problem with heads held high.
Why does this quote mean so much to me?
There are an abundance of quotes throughout the Harry Potter series that speak to people in different ways; it is well renowned for quotes that readers live by. The story itself is full of important life lessons and morals, but it’s this quote in particular that really speaks to me for many reasons. I often (by often, I mean constantly) worry about the future. I want to have the ability to see what’s coming, so I can change it by acting accordingly in the present. I use this quote as a mantra, telling myself that I can only do so much to change the future, and what cannot be changed is going to happen, whether I like it not. I use the second part of the quote to prepare myself, and to make sure I’m ready to ‘meet it when it does’ eventually come my way.
Similar literary quotes
While this quote is my favourite from Harry Potter, I have found other quotes that speak to me in very similar ways. One of those is from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (which is kind of coincidental…), when Newt Scamander says…
My philosophy is worrying means you suffer twice.
– Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then. And yet I still worried.
– Hazel Grace, The Fault In Our Stars
The reason I wanted to talk about Hagrid’s quote instead of these two though, is because you have to read a bit deeper into it to find the meaning. Newt’s and Hazel’s quotes both state worry in the text, whereas Hagrid’s doesn’t, and you have to search around to find the worry within the text, because it is so well contained. This, again, is down to the context. Hagrid doesn’t want to come across worried to the students, therefore he contains his worry in a more positive way. This is what I really like about this quote; while it embodies a feeling of worry, it is displayed in a slightly happier light.
So that’s my favourite quote from the entire Harry Potter series, I hope you enjoyed reading about my (extensive) reasoning why I like this particular quote, and if you read this far without getting a bit bored (I’m sorry, I rambled!), I would love to know what your favourite Harry Potter quote is and why you chose it!
Until next time…