On J.K. Rowling’s birthday (and Harry Potter’s 39th birthday 😱), we thought we would celebrate all the valuable anti-bullying lessons she has taught the world through her storytelling. 🧙♂️⚡️🔮
1. Never judge a book by its cover
Harry Potter is full of the weird and wonderful, and no more than Hagrid. The giant with no airs or graces. Even Harry himself was a bit taken back the first time he saw Hagrid. But J.K. Rowling’s characters are more than skin deep. Hagrid was a true gentle giant and someone that anyone would love to call their friend.
Hagrid showed that a person should not be stereotyped because of the way they look, and you should treat everyone you meet with kindness.
2. Happy thoughts can get you through dark times
When you are being bullied it’s easy for your mind to slip into a dark place. But if you remember what makes you happy and all the positive things about your life, you will feel stronger and it will help get you through the tough times.
3. Having the courage to stand up for what is right
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Neville Longbottom was a surprising character. He was naturally shy, but immensely brave. He found the confidence within himself to stand up what he believed was right, even to his own friends.
4. When you’re feeling down a good laugh can make all the difference
No one knows how to have fun better than the Weasley brothers. Throughout the books they lift people up in their darkest times and give them exactly what they need to feel better – a good laugh! If you’re going through a tough time, it’s important to give yourself respite and do something fun that will lift you up.
5. Celebrate what makes you different
We can all take a leaf out of Luna Lovegood’s book. Luna was unique, and she embraced it. Even when people picked on her because of her quirks, she didn’t try to fit in with the crowd, she stayed true to herself. And because of that she is remembered as one of the most beautiful and kind characters in the book.