Harry Potter’s Search for Happiness: How Hogwarts Changed His Life Forever

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter is introduced as an eleven-year-old orphan who lives with his mean aunt and uncle and lives in a cupboard under the stairs. He leads a miserable life and wants nothing more than to escape somehow. One day, while on a trip with his cousin, aunt, and uncle, there is a knock on the door. Well, it would be more accurate to say the door was knocked down. A man named Rubeus Hagrid tells Harry that he is a wizard and gives him an invitation to attend a school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is an opportunity that changes change Harry’s life forever.


Hogwarts is a boarding school where students learn magic and make lifelong friends. The fact that Harry and his friends stay at the school during the whole school year makes Harry’s life a lot easier, since he no longer has to see his aunt and uncle, except in the summer. Instead of being pushed around and going to a school where he was bullied, he can feel safe and happy at a school filled with nice people and magical opportunities. He finally gets to eat as much as he wants, learn about things he is interested in, and have a sense of freedom, as opposed to being abused. He finally gets the escape he wants and it changes his life for the better.

At Hogwarts, Harry meets two kids named Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. These two end up becoming his best friends for the rest of his life. He goes from having no friends whatsoever to having extremely close friendships with wonderful people. He becomes a part of a community that accepts him and finds a family of sorts at his school. The headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is a father figure for him and helps him through rough times in his life. Some other professors also help him sort his life out and learn how to stand up for himself. After losing his parents and being stuck with cruel individuals, he finally feels like he belongs to a family that loves him.


Ron Weasley has a sister named Ginny who becomes friends with Harry Potter. Little did he know, this girl ends up being his wife. If he had never gone to Hogwarts, he wouldn’t have met her. The two of them are very close their whole lives and end up dating in their sixth year (equivalent to junior year of high school). When they get older, they get married and have three beautiful children who also end up attending Hogwarts. This is an experience that enriches Harry’s life and makes him incredibly happy.

Everyone has experiences that change their lives exponentially, for better or for worse. Harry Potter certainly has one of the most interesting life-changing events. When he finally gets the opportunity to escape to a world of magic and adventure, he feels like he is really living. Even though people in real life don’t get the chance to attend wizard school, they still see things and go places that change their lives forever. Harry Potter gives people hope that their lives can change for the better and improve in an amazing way.



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