Friendship in Harry Potter Essay
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Friendship in Harry Potter
Friendship is an in-depth relationship mixing trust, loyalty and support. It is the combination of understanding, empathy and intimacy.
But, no one can form a friendship until he/she realizes that the basis of being friends is meeting the needs of the other person. One must be a friend in order to have one (Mugglenet). Friendship and its main components: loyalty-trust, support, and similar values are very well emphasized in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Trust and loyalty go hand-in-hand for friends. Friends are trusted with secrets, both large and small, because good friends never break a confidence. Good friends are forever loyal. This is the case of Hagrid with Professor Dumbledore.…show more content…
It is hard to be a good friend as well as to find one. There are many obstacles and situations that may interfere between friends at certain times. However, obstacles are what many times define a true friend.
He/she is the one that comes-in when the whole world has walked away.
For instance, Harry and Ron risked been spelled from Hogwarts as well as their own lives in order to rescue Hermione from the troll in the girls’ bathroom on Halloween. From that day on, the three of them became inseparable friends. Additionally, friends must be flexible and understanding. Whenever there’s conflict, it must be resolved for friendship to continue flawlessly.
Besides being loyal and caring for each other, friends most have similar values in order for the relationships to last. The values are so important that require friends’ values to be very close to each other, otherwise there’s not going to be enough respect for this friend. This is why Ron Weasley and Harry Potter is such a good bond.
They are both kids of good feelings and values, plus they were children that had little attention. For instance, Ron is one of many brothers in the family, so all he gets are used items from his older brothers. Even worse is Potter, the adopted nephew of the muggle aunt and uncle Dursley, who spoil their son Dudley and in contrast discriminate Harry and make his life miserable.
As Harry, Ron, and Hermione, “true friends”
Young’s coming-of-age story is timeless, though it suffers from being set in the not-too-distant past. It seems to be the early aughts, where sixth graders have iPods, but not cellphones. Tink and Jackie talk — often — on their land lines, and this experience is just unfamiliar enough to today’s readers that it may create a barrier. Coming-of-age is a universal experience, but this part of it has changed radically in a short time.
Her treatment of the girls’ friendship, though, feels contemporary and fresh, especially when the circle girls turn on Jackie. Jackie doesn’t even need a bra yet, but she dances provocatively and seems more interested in boys than any of the other girls. The circle girls shame Jackie, but Tink does not join in. Whatever her problems with Jackie, she sticks by her friend, with a touch of feminist outrage. Given the chance to be a mean girl, Tink doesn’t take it.
Tink hasn’t lost herself entirely, but she’s still at sea. Young puts it eloquently: “When it was just her, sometimes she felt beautiful. Alone, she was a sugar cube, settled, with firm edges and strong corners. But when other people were around she thought that some of them were better — smarter, funnier, cuter, thinner, hotter, cooler — and she felt herself come apart a little, like sugar on the kitchen table, spilled from a spoon.”
It is difficult to walk in Tink’s shoes. She’s at the age where every word in a conversation is analyzed, where awkward photos are inevitable, where one must steer clear of saying “nuts” or “balls” at all costs. I cringed at Tink’s mistakes, and I found the story slow going at times. I also wanted to see more of Tink’s drawings (by Natalie Andrewson), because I remember Young’s “Doodlebug” — also about a young artist — so fondly. This book’s real strength is not in its plot or its few illustrations, though, but in the feeling it evokes so skillfully. It offers an unflinching look at a girl’s first steps into self-consciousness, in every sense of that word. Readers will see themselves in Tink and find a measure of hope. They will want to know what happens next.Continue reading the main story