I know it’s not just me that was hoping I’d get a letter delivered by owl on my 11th birthday…..
The Harry Potter books are the best ever written for numerous reasons. Even if you’ve never read them (you NEED to), you can still learn something from the powerful and inspiring quotes littered throughout the books. Although we may not be able to relate to being a wizard so much, we are able to relate to the stories and situations the characters find themselves in.
J.K Rowling has been very open about how she struggled with her Mental Health whilst writing the Harry Potter books. It is no coincidence that if we look a little closer, we can see some valuable life lessons about identity, emotions and Mental Health.
Use these 16 Mental health quotes from Harry Potter to help you through the more painful times in your life, to inspire you whenever you need a break, and remember that you are not alone in your struggle.
16 Mental Health Quotes from Harry Potter
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” — Albus Dumbledore
A good example of this is labelling yourself as ‘depressed’. It can be very hard to say the words out loud, or even admit to yourself. This is because of all the stigma that comes with words such as ‘depression’ and ‘mental health’, that you are in some way ‘ broken’ and there’s something wrong with you.
Being scared of saying we’re depressed can make us more scared of depression itself. Once we accept that we are feeling depressed, we can start taking steps to overcome it and make the necessary changes in our lives.
Thoughts Could leave Deeper Scars than almost anything else” – Madam Pomfrey
Negative thoughts are one of the worst parts of depression or anxiety.
Thoughts about being worthless, unlovable and all the things we did wrong in our life keep swirling round endlessly in our heads. The more you ruminate over these things, the deeper the grooves get in your brain and the more you start to believe them.
“you can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no…anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just – exist. As an empty shell.” – Remus Lupin
Feeling like an empty shell and having no sense of self happens when you haven’t been true to yourself. You have been living your life in fear and trying to please other people for too long. Luckily we can recover from it though.
Painful events in your life can mean that you block off your emotions and unfortunately this can’t be done just to the negative ones. The joy is dampened as well and it can start to feel like you are an empty shell. If you feel like this then watch these TED Talks on how to rediscover your personality.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are far more than our abilities” – Albus Dumbledore
Sometimes we feel we are being carried along and just drifting through life.
Never forget the power and control you have over your own life. You can choose the type of person you wish to be. And that’s what makes you you.
“The world isn’t split into good people and death eaters. we’ve all got both light and dark inside us. what matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black
Sometimes we beat ourselves up for all the thoughts we think that we shouldn’t be having. We ruminate and end up thinking that we are bad people, for that one thing that may have been selfish 10 years ago. Learn to accept your whole self and realise that noone is perfect.
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it” – Albus Dumbledore
We have all experienced pain in our lives and we all have our own coping strategies.
The coping strategy of burying emotions and trying to supress the pain is unhealthy.
Dumbledore is right – emotions can’t be buried and if you do try and do this they will always resurface in some shape or form later down the line.
Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right”- Albus Dumbledore
Mental health problems can drain us of energy and make the easy option so tempting. We need to be able to find strength to do what is right in our lives for us, which may also be difficult if we are living in fear of what other people might think.
“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”- Albus Dumbledore
Sometimes the emotional pain can be unbearable. But no matter how great the pain, we keep living. Even though it may seem some times that our lives are over.
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”- Albus Dumbledore
Learning more about mental health definitely helped me recover. You can teach yourself about depression and anxiety through reading personal development books, talking to people, or watching some great TED talks to educate yourself. Once you fully understand the challenges you are facing you can start to overcome them in your own way.
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means that you are brave enough to be yourself.”― Luna Lovegood
Being unique is beautiful.
When we look at the structure of today’s society though, it is no wonder that if you the people who are different are suffering. Any sign of non conformity is met with ridicule and people are made to feel weird and like there is something wrong with them.
We can only truly be happy once we have enough courage to be ourselves. We have so many pressures from society, friends and family to be what we’re not. Embrace your differences and love how unique you are.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore
No matter how bad your day is, there is always something that can make it a little better. Your favourite food, a cup of tea or a hug from a loved one.
We all have something in our lives to be grateful for, even if we can’t see it right at that moment. If you’re struggling to find something use these journal prompts for gratitude for ideas.
“Well, he should have some chocolate, at the very least.” – Madam Pomfrey
Each time after Harry encounters a dementor (metaphors for depression), the antidote he is offered is always chocolate. Chocolate makes everything better.
“It is the unknown we fear, when we look upon death and darkness. Nothing more” – Albus Dumbledore
One of the biggest fears of depression is the fear that it will go on for ever.
Fear may be holding you back in ways you don’t even know and might be keeping you stuck in that rut which seems impossible to get out of. Examine your fear and look for ways to overcome it.
“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does”. – Rubeus Hagrid
So much of our time is spent worrying about things that never happen! Anxiety makes us predict 1000 different things that could go wrong – most of them never do. All we need to do is be confident in our abilities that we can handle anything that comes our way.
“Of course it is happening inside your head harry, but why on earth should that mean it’s not real?” – Albus Dumbledore
Sometimes you might think you are going crazy with the thoughts in your head. It’s even more confusing as on the outside you may be able to slap a smile on your face and pretend everything is okay.
Mental difficulties are so much harder to explain than physical ones. If you had a broken leg it would be easier to explain to others and get help for it. Some people not may understand what you’re going through. But your mental state is very real and very valid.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Albus Dumbledore
We should all have goals and something to work towards. However, it can be unhealthy if you focus so much on the future that you forget to enjoy the present. Try and be mindful and find enjoyment in each day.
I hope you enjoyed these Mental Health Quotes from Harry Potter, share below if you know of any others that have inspired you! If you liked these then check out these quotes about self worth.