My Favorite Harry Potter Quote

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The first Harry Potter book was published back in 1997, the year I was born, and what ignited many people’s obsession with the mystical magic of a young boy. Quickly, Hogwarts became labeled as the best fantasy travel destination and Halloween costumes became exciting again. Wonders of house assortment and what pet you would purchase became common conversation topics.

Me? I am a Hufflepuff and would, just like Harry, buy a snowy owl.

I have been to Harry Potter World once a few years ago and am lucky enough to head back there again this coming December. A future blog highlighting my Universal Studios journey will appear in January, so please stay tuned for that.

Anyway, the books are magical and movies incredible. There are many memorable lines, quotes, and phrases from each book that are captivating and are all around worthy enough to be repeated time after time.

There is one quote however, that I feel isn’t mentioned as frequent as it should be. It is spoken by the one and only Ron Weasley.

“It’s not much, but it’s home.”

Harry Potter lived in a tiny cupboard crammed beneath the stairs. Ron Weasley lived in a cozy, cluttered burrow. Both characters were not necessarily pleased with the location and condition of their residence.

Mr. Potter hated living beneath the stairs, though, there was nothing he could do about the matter. He was not-well liked by the Dursley family, even though his name was far more normal and better than Dudley. Still, he was forced beneath the stairs, a condition that far from suited him.

Eventually, he was upgraded to his own bedroom. Though, both living situations began and ended with a lock chained to the door and a window caged to prevent escaping. It was a device in which failed to withstand a flying car and determined brothers. To the Dursley’s, Harry was nothing more than an inconvenience.

Mr. Weasley was a bit luckier in terms of his living conditions. While the Weasley clan was not rich and wealthy, their house was still something they considered a home and had transformed their residence into something that reflected the personality of the family. It was, in the end, home to the Weasley’s and many times for Harry as well.

“It’s not much, but it’s home.”

I like this quote a lot. It is simple, true, and beautiful.

Why?

It can be applied to our own life and is sort of timeless in that aspect.

The word “house” and the word “home” are synonyms, yet they hold slightly separate connotations. The word “house” might be subjective and considered more opened ended. The word “home” feels more welcoming, inviting, warm, and cozy. It feels more personalized and something that is truly ours. Home is how we want the place in which we reside to feel like. Because a house might not always be a home. But a house always has the capacity and capability to turn into a home.

A home is like a shell and we are the turtle. It is where we hide at the end of the day and the last place we visit before work or school begins. It is our final destination, our last point of return. It is a space that feels most familiar and safe to us. It is a space where secrets live, never to escape the impenetrable walls. It is a space for interior acceptance and expression. Homes are meant to represent the people who live inside.

Chaos managed to seek out Harry Potter and it never shied away from Ron Weasley and his family either. But the chaos resembled who the family was. It represented their quirks. The quirks were home for Ron, it was simply his comfort. The family was unique with a tight red-headed bond.

The burrow was home for Ron.

The burrow was home for Harry.

“It’s not much, but it’s home.”

For Harry, Ron’s home was a safe haven. A comfortable place where magic was encouraged and accepted. It was a space where he was also accepted and was always invited to.

Home was everything to Harry and he managed to find it in a place that was not his actual house.

Harry appreciated something in which Ron considered less than. At the same time, his cupboard was still appreciated on another level, as well as the chained bedroom. It was still a place for him to stay, to sleep, to live. He was still saved from porch step.

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