There are a lot of different themes that occur in the Harry Potter series. Two themes that captured my attention while I was reading the book and watching the movies was the recurring theme of love and sacrifice. In the series, we see different types of sacrifices from various characters protecting Harry or their loved ones. This form of love and sacrifice gives the audience an understanding of what each character stands for in their fight against Lord Voldemort. This also helps Harry understand as the series progress an idea on how important he is not only as someone who can defeat Voldemort but as a friend and family member to the people around him.
The most well known sacrifice in the Harry Potter series is Lily Potter’s death. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer of Stone, before Lily is attacked by Lord Voldemort she cast a sacrificial protection spell on Harry to keep him safe. What draws me to this scene is the deep and pure love of a mother that ultimately saves Harry’s life. We learn how powerful her love and sacrifice for harry was because the spell was able to keep Harry safe for so many years until Voldemort was able to break the spell.
Sirius Black is another character who shows his love for Harry in the form of loyalty as well as sacrificing his own life to protect him. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius shows his love for harry by respecting his wishes not to kill Peter, even though killing peter was the reason for Sirius ability not to go insane during his time in Azkaban.… Read the rest