Harry Potter and the 12 Powers – The Rest of the Characters
Well, the 12 Spiritual Powers and Harry Potter is completed…or is it? There are many other characters in the Harry Potter books that may deserve at the very least, an honorable mention and the Powers they exemplify.
There are books and books and more books written about Harry Potter and all the theories about him and the various other characters in JK Rowling’s books. There’s a whole series on how Harry and all the themes and characters refer to Christianity. And then other books telling you to not read the books because they refer to Satan.
John Granger, in “Looking for God in Harry Potter” says that each book is based upon a central conflict of ‘good vs evil’. And of course, it is the quintessential example of the hero’s journey.
He also thinks the story is meant to instruct and change us. Each book reveals a prejudice – fear of foreigners, of muggles, of giants, of muggle-born, were-wolfs….and individual people – even Harry was prejudice of Prof. Snape & Draco, for example.
So, our instruction here is to look at ourselves and our prejudices. We ALL have them. We must ‘be in the world but not of it’ John 17:13-16…hard to do in this HUMAN form.
Another theme, in every book is love triumphing death. “The absence of love is worse than death.” Which is one of the errors that Tom Riddle made. He loved no one and nothing but himself…and maybe power. Love trumps death just as light conquers dark.
And Harry was faced with two types of choices in every book, what sort of person he wants to be and what to do in each crisis – choosing what is right over what is easy. Reminders of what we need to answer often throughout our days. Those choices aren’t often easy to make.
Remember Dumbledore’s message to Harry? “It is our choices, Harry, that show who we truly are far more than our abilities.”
Maybe I just don’t want to leave Harry or maybe I think some of the characters really deserve to be included in our discussion…but for whatever reason, here are a few I think need to be mentioned…
Not in any special order – Remus Lupin. Lupin was introduced in the 3rd book as the Defense Against Dark Magic Professor. He is probably one of the most loyal characters in the story. Remus was a very compassionate and intelligent man. In spite of his condition, a werewolf, he was very tolerant. And despite having suffered a great deal of prejudice in his life he managed to retain an ability to see the good in almost everybody and was extremely forgiving. Remus also had an excellent sense of humor.
What of the 12 powers do we see in Lupin? Definitely strength & understanding. I would say faith & love too.
Molly Weasley is the next character deserving to be mentioned in our study. – matriarch of the Weasley family, she is the mother of seven children; Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny Weasley, which makes her deserving in itself! Molly played a large part in the life of Harry Potter, acting as a motherly figure towards him.
You witness her strength and compassion throughout the series. One would need an imagination with 7 children and a strong will. Of course, love would make up a large part of Molly’s character with a touch of power.
Arthur Weasley – the patriarch of the Weasley family and the quintessential father figure. He was a staunch believer in the equality of all magical and Muggle folk, making him full of zeal & love and with 7 children, strength. His imagination shows in his love for anything to do with Muggles.
Ginny Weasley – Ginny was another character showing great growth through the series. She grew into a confident young woman, becoming an important member of Dumbledore’s Army.
Even though Ginny ended up marrying Harry, she was her own person, with her own career and professional standing, both as a quidditch player and later a writer. And Mother to 3 children. I see order in her life as well as power, wisdom and strength.
Some of the characters we loved to hate as we read the series. One was Professor Severus Snape – potions master for most of the story. Snape had a history with Harry before Harry even arrived at Hogwarts. Harry’s father, James and Snape didn’t like each other much, for various reasons. So, Snape didn’t like Harry when he came along as a student at Hogwarts.
As we came to the end of the story, we could see that Snape had much courage, love and strength. His will made him one of the most important characters of the story.
Of course, every story has to have some bad guys. So, let’s look at a couple. We already talked about the number 1 bad guy to our story, Voldemort. He had a few others that had our hairs on end through the books.
One was Delores Umbridge. Even the meaning of her name suggests nastiness….’grievous shadow’. Sorted into Slytherin House as a student, Dolores Umbridge was an evil woman, nothing short of a sociopath who characterized the worst aspects of political power. She was ruthless, cruel, brutal, corrupt, misanthropic, and devoid of a moral or ethical center. She was a half-blood witch and Ministry of Magic bureaucrat.
Her time at Hogwarts was characterized by cruelty and abusive punishments against students, and because of her interfering and condescending ways, she was generally hated by most students and teachers alike.
According to Garrick Ollivander, wand maker, abnormally short wands usually selected those whose moral character was stunted
So what Spiritual powers were mis-used in Delores Umbridge? Obviously power. And Zeal along with order being way out of wack.
Ron told Harry – “There isn’t any dark wizard that didn’t come from Slytherin House.”
After graduating from Hogwarts she became a Death Eater, fanatically loyal to Lord Voldemort and was among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort’s followers.
Her marriage appeared to be nothing more than an obligatory fulfilment of her family’s pure-blood marriage traditions, Voldemort was her true love, the one to whom she spoke in a romantic manner and showed concern for, even had a child secretly with.
However, he never returned her feelings as he was incapable of understanding love and disliked the idea of being emotionally attached to anyone.
Bellatrix was an intensely sadistic witch with brutal, violent tendencies vehemently against all: blood traitors, half-bloods, Muggle-borns, Muggles, and half-breeds.
Again, a mis-use of her spiritual powers of power, strength, zeal and will, just to name a few!
Although they were not part of the Death Eaters or fans of Voldemort, the Dursley family were not very nice to Harry
The Dursley family is a Muggle family, and the only known living relatives of Harry Potter. Petunia Dursley was the older sister of Harry’s mother, was married to the extremely unmagical, opinionated, and materialistic Vernon Dursley. They had a son named Dudley.
Due to his wizarding background, Harry was treated with fear and negligence by the Dursleys. An interesting contrast to Hogwarts, where he is famous.
Definitely a mis-use of power and will, order and especially love. Even the supposed love of their son, Dudley was mis-used.
So what do we learn from these characters? Well, the first few were supporters of Harry and helped him along his journey to be the hero that he was. They each strengthened him in ways he did not receive from his home.
The other characters certainly helped to keep him humble. AS he experienced more of life, Harry was able to discern the way he wanted to be, how he wished to live his life, often based on the examples from his God-father, his friends Lupin, the Weasleys, and Prof. Dumbledore.
And what he wanted NOT to be based upon his life with the Dursleys as well as what he saw from others.
The examples of what a family is like via the Weasley’s showed him that what he experienced with the Dursleys was not the rule. He learned what it was like to be loved and cared for in a ‘proper’ family.
When one sees the way any power can be mis-used, we get a better understanding of what is Spiritually correct and what is an error, a missing the mark, a ‘sin’ against humankind.
Unfortunately, we don’t have to look far to see where Spiritual Powers are used improperly. We see it in our families, at our place of work, and in our communities and nations.
If we have learned anything through our discussion of the 12 Powers it might be that we can all do our part to create peace and love through-out our world or we have done our part to create anger, hate and distrust…remember – peace begins with each of us.
Ask yourself if you are doing your part? And do you know WHAT your part is?