Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | January 7, 2010


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“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.”-Harry Potter

Background…Harry, a young wizard, has heard a prophecy that told him that he either had to kill Lord Voldemort (seriously bad wizard) or be killed by him. Professor Dumbledore (epically good wizard) is trying to explain to Harry that the prophecy does not force Harry to fight Voldemort. If Harry wanted he could leave Voldemort alone. However, Voldemort put his faith in the prophecy, and so he has hunted and continues to hunt Harry. Because of Voldemort’s actions, Harry has decided to fight him, not because of the prophecy, but because of Voldemort’s reactions to the prophecy.

This is my favorite part of all the Harry Potter series because it is my view of the world. The exchange between Harry and Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is amazing. I do not believe in predestination. I am a woman of faith. I have a firm belief in God. I do not believe that God forces us to do anything. I do not believe that he has predetermined who will be saved and who will be damned. I believe that God has given us rules and commandments. If we follow those commandments, our lives will be better. But whatever we choose, it is our choice.

We decide what we will be and what we will do. Does God know us and know what we will choose to do? Yes. Just as Dumbledore knew that Harry would not be content to sit by and watch his friends and family be killed by Voldemort, God knows what we will choose to do in our lives. Not because He, or anyone else forced us to do those things, but because he knows our characters.

J.K. Rowling is my hero for writing these incredible novels and so beautifully portraying such intense themes. I love Harry Potter. I love the Lord. I love knowing that my life is a product of my own choices.

“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and call things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.” –2 Nephi 2:27



  1. Men are that they might have joy. Reading your lovely ramblings is a cause for joy in my life.

    • Thanks for reading them and for your editing assistance. You are a daffodil.

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