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Letter to a Harry Potter fan...

Letter from a mother to her son, who just joined boarding school. The son is a Harry Potter fan.

Dear Son,

Imagine you are at Hogwarts.
So, you may come across a Snape who's rude but is actually trying to help you.
And then there's Prof. McGonagall, a strict teacher, but if you follow the rules, your best guide.
Prof. Dumbledore, to whom you may not talk much, but who's making sure you are okay (from afar).
And maybe a Hagrid too. Certainly not a half-giant. But a teacher, a friend and little senseless...

Give it time. And with God's grace, you will find great friends like Ron and Hermoine.
Of course, there will be Draco Malfoy and Crabbe and Goyle too. But learn to ignore them.

Harry Potter is a story. But so is life.You will find more good than bad. Harry didn't always have a happy life. He had his sad and difficult times, but he lived through them positively.

So, do your studies as though you are learning magic. Because studies can do magic for your life ahead.

You have a family who misses you every minute. Your family and old friends are always there for you.

Never forget all the good things in life and never forget to thank God for them.



  1. Very grounded advice, Nimi :)
    Yes, we have the magic!

    1. Thanks Anita. And the magic we have is possible, if we believe in it... quite a paradox :)

  2. Very sane and practical advice to the sonny boy. He can relate to it more than anything else.

    1. Thanks Usha ji. One has to keep coming up with different ways to say stuff to kids so that they relate to it. Right?

  3. This is such a great letter with so many life lessons...wonderful

    Random Thoughts Naba - Like being #LikeAGirl...

    1. Thanks a lot. Your appreciation is appreciated :)
      Thanks for the link. I will be visiting it soon.

  4. Books always gives a larger picture to people. In life it is important how we perceive things. :)

    1. That's why reading makes us more sensitive. Do you agree, Gaurab?

  5. Beautiful advice , written in the vein that a kid will identify with. Lovely!

    1. Thanks Shailaja. Actually it's written by a mother who obviously likes Harry Potter, to her son who feels the same. Feels great :)

  6. That was a letter so good that it reminded me of Cicero's letter to his son. :)

    1. I am flattered that you would compare the two. But now that I think about it, a much simpler, basic version of it, may be :)

  7. A nice combination of practical advice and emotions

    1. Thanks... that's exactly what we, parents are always striving to do, right?


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