First off, I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday. With everything you have been through in your life, you definitely deserve to have a nice day. I hope you, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the gang are all nursing off butterbeer hangovers as we speak.
I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me over the years. You’ve been there whenever I felt alone or stuck in a rut, you were always someone I could turn to make me feel better.
When I needed a laugh, your sarcastic humor was never lost on me from your “no need to call me sir, professor.” back-chatting at Snape to your sassy little comments with the Dursleys. I will always admire you for having the strength to joke no matter how tough life got for you. You taught me to try and be strong in times of difficulty and even when it seems like there is no hope, to try and live a normal life. In the words of Albus Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”
I learnt a lot about the different kinds of courage and bravery from you, “”It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” While I don’t see myself as a Gryffindor, I try to take your bravery with me wherever I go and although it’s not always easy, I know you’re there to help me through. (Plus, let’s not forget our lovely friend Luna who proves us Ravenclaw’s can be brave too!)
You have shown me that although we may think we can handle things alone, you need your friends. Whether it’s for sanity, moral support, or for a bit of knowledge that hasn’t crossed our minds; our friends will save us both physically and mentally. It doesn’t matter who a person is, as long as they can be loyal and have a good heart, you taught me how much I need friendship in my life.
I learnt how to grieve with you. I learnt that it’s okay be sad but also that it’s okay to be happy. That we all need to scream and cry and throw a tantrum and then get back up and fight again. You helped me to understand that every now and then, even after time has passed, that you will need to sit down and feel sad again because it’s better than bottling it up – You also taught me the dangers of bottling things up!
While we’re here, I was hoping you can also thank Hermione for me. She taught me as a young girl that it’s good to be smart and a bit nerdy, it’s good to have your head stuck in a book – as long as you remember to make time for your friends too. Also, shoutout to Ron for the way he welcomed you into his home and gave you a family. We all deserve friends who accept us into their lives without judging your past. Who, even though they have very little, are happy to share everything they can to make their friends feel better.
Until the very end, I will be there for you Harry. To defend you and love you in the way you have done for me since that cold Christmas morning I received your first book as a small child. When people listen to me still babbling about you in 50 years time and ask me “after all this time?” I promise you my answer will remain, “always.”
A very proud Potterhead.
P.s. I have your stag tattooed on my arm… hope that’s cool 😛