“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends” - J. K. Rowling
Joanne Murray, also known as J. K. Rowling by pen, is the author and creator of the revolutionary Harry Potter fantasy series. The Harry Potter series is a worldwide phenomenon which ranges from books, to films, to merchandise and much more. J.K. Rowling demonstrates the true meaning of friendship in her Harry Potter series between the main characters. We read these books and fun and adventurous stories, but deep down, Rowling gives us important life lessons that can really help us make our lives better.
One of the primary themes throughout the books is the true value of friendship amongst these characters. Many aspects of friendship are tested in the story, from loyalty to jealousy, and from love to courage. The characters are faced with difficult challenges with their friends but at the end of the day they have all learned how difficult but rewarding it can be to stand up to your friends for what you believe is right. In this quotation, Rowling points out a very important aspect we face in friendship.
A lot of times you may face an issue with your friends. What do you do? Sometimes, I feel like bottling up my feelings inside and not say anything to my friend, because I don’t want to start an argument. But, as I learned from this quotation, this can ultimately end up hurting your friendship with that person. A true friend will always understand and respect your feelings. It takes a lot of courage to tell your friend how you feel or to stand up to them, especially when you know it may hurt them or upset them. As Rowling says, it is easier to stand up to your enemies because their opinion doesn’t matter as much as your friends’ opinions. However, you should always respect a friendship and be honest with your friends and loved ones. So next time you feel sad or upset with a friend, find the courage to tell that person how you feel and you will see it has its rewards.