Quote of the Week – J. K. Rowling – A Light in the Dark

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– J. K. Rowling


Life has a way of shadowing the things that are important to us, and we often forget or take for granted what it is that makes us feel alive. But we need only turn towards our loved ones and the things which bring us joy and be reminded of the beauty of it all, renewing our sense of purpose.
This week we’re showcasing the importance of hope and finding the light in the darkness. After much consideration we’ve chosen J. K. Rowling’s quote:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Like a Phoenix

We know her as the author of the magical world of Harry Potter. A talented writer, but more importantly, a wonderful and kindhearted person. She has supported many causes for children’s welfare and has donated substantially to multiple sclerosis research, not to mention her books have had a significant positive influence on millions of people.
But she wasn’t always rich and famous, in fact quite the opposite.
Before she became a renowned writer, J. K. Rowling had endured the loss of her mother, who had struggled with multiple sclerosis for many years. Her mother’s passing profoundly influenced the detailed depiction of the protagonist’s emotions in her books. She had also been married to an abusive husband, had a miscarriage, and later became a single mother with hardly any income.
She was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. She thought herself an utter failure. But instead of falling prey to sorrow, she channeled her energy into writing and portrayed her depression as Dementors, creatures who feed on happiness, leaving nothing but despair in their wake.
She had managed to overcome her dramatic situation. Rising from the ashes, turning failure into success by drawing on her talent and creating the famous Harry Potter series. Which you should definitely read if you haven’t already, you’re seriously missing out!

“Expecto Patronum”

The aforementioned quote is spoken by Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the third installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dementors are brought on the school grounds with the purpose of capturing Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s uncle. Dumbledore warns the students of these foul creatures and his words of advice will be a foreshadowing of the actions which unfold.
Harry Potter learns how to fight off these fiends with the help of the Patronus charm, harnessing his most powerful positive memory.

Nothing like an army of soul-sucking creeps to awake your fighting spirit.

The message found within the pages of the book are summed up brilliantly in this quote. Happiness will indeed be found as long as you never lose hope. There’s always something to hold on to, no matter how dire the situation.
If there’s anything books and movies have taught us is that you must believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. Like Harry, who finally managed to properly perform his guarding charm and save his uncle from a fate worse than death.

A Beacon of Hope

Should you ever find yourself in a desperate situation remember that faint silver lining. It might just be the only thing you needed. Be your own hero, as we all struggle with a metaphorical evil wizard, but the outcome of your story rests solely in your hands.
Turn into the light that shines in the darkness, not only for yourself but others as well. Once you overcome your hardships, you will become a beacon of hope. You will be the one others look up to. Just like J. K. Rowling, you too have the power to rise from the abyss on the wings of courage, determination, belief, and sheer willpower.


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