Harry Potter reassurance.

I’m driving my youngest child to her swimming lessons.  Few things in this world give me as much joy as looking in the rear view mirror as I back out of the driveway and seeing her donning swim goggles before we are even in the same zip code as the swimming pool.

But today Eden’s eyes seem a little serious behind her goggles.  Contemplative.  We haven’t even left the neighborhood before she asks, “Why does Voldemort do such wicked things?”

I have been reading the first book in the Harry Potter series to Eden and these days she is absolutely filled to the brim with questions about the magical world of wizarding.  What kind of wand would I have?  (Maple with unicorn hair.  Twelve inches, quite thin.)  What house would our family be in?  (Probably Ravenclaw, but possibly Griffindor.)  Why doesn’t Aunt Petunia like wizards?  (It’s a long story.)  Why would anyone want to be in Slytherin?  (Some people just like being sneaky and trixy.)

We can’t get into the car these days without Eden directing a dozen questions to me, her captive audience.

But today her question feels genuinely concerned.  My sweet daughter does not understand in the slightest how someone can be so uncaring, so callous, so nasty.

More than anything, more than her ability to tell time or her predilection for numbers, more than her love of reading, more than her sweetness and general obedience in many things, this inability to understand or comprehend evil gives me the most reassurance that my daughter will turn out alright in the end.  That my less than perfect parenting skills haven’t done too much damage to her sweet spirit.

And the fact that I cannot completely answer her question about how one man (fictitious though he may be) can be so wicked, gives me a little hope for myself, as well.

 

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5 Responses to Harry Potter reassurance.

  1. cary crowe says:

    Amy, as always, I absolutely loved this blog post. The “evil” in this world makes the sweetest hearts ache. I have been dealing with this in my house this week with no answers because I can’t call other real people “evil”, just say that they have made mistakes. Somehow the word “mistake” doesn’t seem to cover it as your young one cries for hours. You are a great mom, raising intelligent, empathetic, sweet children.

  2. Robin Kramer says:

    I echo Cary’s sentiment: you’re a great mom.

    We’re headed into the wizardly world this summer too, and I’ll be reading the first book in Harry Potter with Reese. I’ve waited until she’s nine because I think she’ll wrestle with the themes, just like Eden is doing.

    By the way, I love that you used the word “trixy.” It is a major goal of mine to watch the LOTR movies this summer. Time commitment!

    • Robin, right after the Superbowl in February, each Sunday we all watch a LOTR movie together until we’ve gone through them all. It is now a tradition.
      And let me just warn you, the chapters in the Harry Potter books are LONG. They take a while to get through.

      • Robin Kramer says:

        I love your tradition! Thanks for the heads up. I know that the books themselves are long, but I’ll also mentally brace myself for the chapters being long, too, which I hadn’t remembered. We’re going to take the plunge!

      • Let me know if your kid becomes obsessed with all things Potter, like Eden is doing.

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