Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Mirror of Erised~Is it Just a Creepy Mirror?


“Can you think what the Mirror of Erised shows us all?" Harry shook his head.

"Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help." 
Harry thought. Then he said slowly, "It shows us what we want... whatever we want..." 
"Yes and no," said Dumbledore quietly. 
"It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible."

The Mirror of Erised.....Desire, if you switch around the last word. 

The Mirror, it is true, shows us our true desires....and as Dumbledore points out, can ruin us forever.

How often do we see this in real life, people being corrupted by their wants, being obsessed with things that cannot be? 

Harry sees his family in the  mirror-and he might have stayed there forever, pining away for things that cannot be. 

I feel that Rowling is really trying to point something out to us. 









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