The world of Harry Potter is a truly magical one. The first movie came out when I was in elementary school, and I've been hooked ever since. I often find myself re-reading the books or re-watching the films, and every time I fall in love with them all over again. Many of the characters say such insightful and inspiring things, and many of these apply to my own life as a singer. Here are six of my favorite Harry Potter quotes that pertain to a singer's life and career.
* Caution: Spoilers Ahead *
Dumbledore says this to Harry in his office after Harry's battle with the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Harry is worried about his similarities to Tom Riddle, fearing that the same evil resides inside both of them.
It is easy to compare our abilities and talents to others. When it comes to singing, it is easy to compare our vocal abilities, acting skills, and appearance to those of other singers. This constant comparison can become very frustrating and disheartening, as many aspects of these talents are outside of our control. However, we can make many conscious choices that will make us better performers. Being prepared, being kind and generous with our colleagues, being on time- there are many things that are within our control that don't require any talent or ability, and that can make all the difference in our careers.
Dumbledore says this to the students of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, during the end-of-term feast. Classical singers have the wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from performers and musicians from all over the world, as well as portray characters from a variety of backgrounds. So long as we keep open minds and hearts, and remember our goal of sharing beautiful music and stories with our audiences, our differences won't matter.
Hagrid's half-giant status makes him an outcast in wizard society, as giants are seen as brutal and sub-human. However, Hagrid refuses to let the prejudice of others change who he is. Singers can get constant criticism from themselves and others about how they look and sound, and this negativity can take its toll. Accepting yourself, flaws and all, is the best armor against negative self-talk and judgments from others.
Words are the singer's gift. We are the only instrument that uses text as well as sound. Words are powerful, and have their own kind of magic. We should celebrate that!
At the battle of the Department of Mysteries, Ron is injured by powerful magic involving memories. Madam Pomfrey tends to Ron, and tells him that thoughts can lead to very dangerous injuries. It can be easy to be critical of yourself, especially when you spend so much time chasing perfection in singing and performing. It is important to realize that these thoughts are powerful, and can be dangerous if left unchecked.
Ginny is talking to Harry about what she's learned growing up with Fred and George. The twins are fearless, sometimes to the point of being foolish, but they don't back down from a challenge. Singing can be an exhausting, frustrating, and confusing career path. However, if we just have enough nerve, we can continue to do this crazy thing that we love doing.
I hope that these quotes give you some new inspiration in your work and creative endeavors, and bring a little magic to your life! What are some of your favorite Harry Potter quotes that I haven't included here? Leave a comment down below, or on any of my social media platforms!