Drowning into Books 

Happy weekend, everyone! 

These past few weeks, I’ve noticed on my Facebook wall numerous people shared the status on Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary. I can’t believe how fast time flies! 

I was not a good reader when I was young. My mom used to tell bedtime stories for me and my twin brothers, but never with any books in her hands. She always came up with her spontaneous ideas and some of them stick with me – up until today. The only one who read when I was young was my youngest aunty – who signed up for weekly Donald Duck magazines. I finally decided to read her collection when I was at year 5/6. 

My habit of reading gradually grew when I was at high school years. I started with easy and light readings, such as Chicken Soup. Then I upgraded my level of persistence into novel and fiction stories. That was when I started to read Harry Potter. Little I knew that this series will be the most memorable one! I love the characters as if they are real people who live next to me. I was in agony for months when Sirius Black was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange! I was hoping that he would came out from that darkness and waiting for Harry at his place – sit next to the fireplace. But he never did!  

I was crying out loud when Sirius Snape killed Albus Dumbledore. That plea of “Please” from Dumbledore was the trigger of my never-ending tears that one night. I ended up with swollen eyes at 3am! I was deeply lost. 

I do believe so much in the power of books and reading. I’m so blessed and grateful that I am able to buy books and read the good books. Most importantly, I can also introduce this good habit to my son since he was very young. Nowadays, books are something that close to his heart. He always asks for story time and he has to choose the book. He would ask,  “Book again?” whenever we finished with one book. Even if he promised that the next one would be the last one, he would ask for another one. 

I’m hoping that I can introduce him to Harry Potter once he is able to read independently. But before that, I am thinking to re-read the whole 7 books during my free time. Hopefully I will do so accordingly. 

Dumbledore and Humanity (Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince)

Have you watched the newest serial of Harry Potter? If you haven’t, then go watch the movie first. Later on, you may decide whether you are on my side or not.

If you have watched the movie, I believe that you still have that hatred toward JK Rowling for killing Dumbledore in such a tragic way. I still do, even though I had read the 6th book about 2 years ago.

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I want to share my subjective perspective on Dumbledore and his heroic action, to save Harry and the rest of the Order of the Phoenix members, as a way of being a human being. I am not going to talk about theology, but currently, I am reading a book titled ‘Lihatlah Tubuhku: Membebaskan seks bersama Yohanes Paulus II’ (Look at my body: Liberating sex with John Paul II) written by Deshi Ramadhani, SJ (written in Indonesian). It is written in p. 37, that one aspect of a perfect love triangle is giving oneself as a whole to the person that one loves. It is exactly what Dumbledore did in the story, he gave away his life for other people, including Harry.

Despite my own perspective, which is very subjective and not clear from a shadowy judgement, I have to admit that Dumbledore’s action reflected the deepest feeling in human heart, which is love. And love is not just to be spoke of, but most importantly, to be done, as Dumbledore has done it.

Dumbledore has shown the greatest treasure of humanity… to love!

PS: I will write a simple psychological diagnosis on Bellatrix Lestrange and Severus Snape .. later on!