What if Harry Potter was a religion?

For many readers, it already is

Harry Potter inspires the good in all.
(Image credit: Photo Illustration | Images courtesy Mark J. Barrett / Alamy Stock Photo, Scholastic Press)

There are a few things Harry Potter fans can always count on in this unpredictable, muggle-filled world: Death, taxes, and the knowledge that there's always at least one passage in the seven-part Harry Potter series that can offer some semblance of comfort no matter what situation arises.

For instance, when my middle school teacher made a joke at my expense, I looked to Sirius Black for understanding. He said: "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." When I was worried about moving thousands of miles away for college, I found Albus Dumbledore's words comforting: "We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on." And when a family member I cared very much about passed away, that same wise, old headmaster told me: "You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?"

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