So here’s February, the month of love, with people flooding the newsfeed on Facebook with Valentine’s Day posts and memes, or claiming to be alone sans a lover. But the word love, does it apply only to a man and a woman when they are romantically together? I think not. Okay, I will pick a book and use it as an example- J.K. Rowling’s very famous Harry Potter book. I personally have learned and understood a lot about love from those 7 books. Love is the most powerful weapon and according to the author herself “What’s more powerful than that? What’s more proof than that? Beyond fear. Beyond death.”
Let us pick few instances and go over them while acknowledging the power of love and understanding what it truly is to a greater extent. The most quoted scene in the book itself happens to be the fatal night of Lily and James Potter. After the Dark Lord finished with James Potter, he moved on to kill baby Harry asking Lily to step aside. But what made Lily stand in between Voldemort and Harry? It was the unconditional and powerful love that Lily Potter had for her son and the determination to keep her son alive from the evilest wizard of their time- the very love that lingered in his skin and made his body impossible for Voldemort to possess Harry, the moment his heart flooded with emotions when he thought of Sirius. (Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
What, if not love, do you think that made Narcissa Malfoy look at Voldemort, an accomplished Legilimens himself, right in the eye and tell him Harry was dead when he was well alive and breathing? A mother’s love again! The Malfoys paths may have been wrong, they may have joined the eviler side, and however they were a family; closely knit with so much love for one another, that Narcissa dared to risk lying to the most dangerous wizard (Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Before the battle at the Ministry of Magic, Harry’s vision of Sirius being tortured is so real to him that he refuses to listen to Hermione when she says it’s a hoax and he rushes to the Ministry because Sirius Black was the only family that was left for him and losing him might mean losing someone to call his own. Then during the battle, despite the taunts from Snape, several warnings from Dumbledore and Remus, Sirius Black accompanies the Aurors to the children’s rescue. Reason? Love again. (Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
My personal favourite to this day remains the scene in the end between Voldemort and Harry himself. Harry decides to avoid spilling of innocent blood- the loss of Fred, Remus, Tonks, Dobby, Sirius and all others who had died in the war had been too much for him to take in, and so he ventures into the Dark Forest in one final attempt to kill Voldemort. We know what happens next and the scene in the Great Hall we find that none of the curses that Voldemort casts on them binds. Any guesses about the reason? Right you are. It’s love again. He loved his school, he loved his schoolmates, irrespective of the houses that he had laid down his life and that moment of decision to sacrifice his life became the impenetrable shield later that vanquished Voldemort.(Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
No love cannot and should not be equated with being in love. Love is much more. A simple act of love, like feeding the hungry, a consoling hug, a gentle kiss on the forehead or a kind word have more magic than we can possibly imagine. It is unwise to undermine the power of love because without love we would be non-existent.
On a closing note, all I wish to say is, never ever think you’re alone. Always remember that your existence is someone else’s reason to smile.
Let us spread and receive love with open arms in the lovely month of love.