Harry Potter is among the most read books in the world. And for many of us, ‘Potter Heads’ is among the favourite reads. We grew up with Harry Potter. While the series has officially ended, both books and movies, Harry Potter will always have a special place.
If you are a ‘Potter Head’, you know that the Harry Potter series offered valuable lessons on friendship, loyalty, bravery, and education. It doesn’t stop there; there are a few financial lessons too. Yes, yes. You read it right. Harry Potter does offer some learnings on the importance of investing. Read on to find out what they are.
Books, like art, would convey different meanings to the reader. The same is the case with Harry Potter as well. Here are a few money lessons from the Harry Potter series.
In the first book/movie, Harry Potter comes to know that his parents (James and Lily Potter) had left him a fortune to see him through his entire schooling. If not for their savings, Harry would have dealt with financial issues. This is over and above a powerful wizard behind him.
Fred and George Weasley, the infamous twins in the Harry Potter series, are known for the trinkets and tricks. Whatever money was made by selling these items, it was saved to be invested in their business. Harry, too gave his Tri-wizard tournament winning money to the Weasley twins, knowing their potential. This timely financial aid from Harry helped them open their business. While Harry didn’t expect any return from the Twins’ business, they did offer him freebies from their shop.
This comes from the most powerful and dark wizard in the world of witchcraft and wizardry – Lord Voldemort himself. While his intentions are pure evil, his act of dividing his soul 7 ways teaches investors valuable lessons. So, Voldemort prepares for contingencies in case of his absence. He prepares to come back one way or the other (in seven different ways).
Hermione Granger is a studious girl. She is always with a book and is reliable for any information. She also has a keen eye for detail. For instance, when the three have a face-off with Fluffy, the three-headed dog, Hermione notices the trap door. She said that Fluffy was guarding something. Similarly, Hermione figured the monster was a snake in the Chambers of Secret nook/movie.
Even in the wizarding world, people lose their money. Take the case of Ludovic “Ludo” Bagman. He was an employee at the Ministry of Magic. He was heading the Department of Magical Games and Sports. However, he was to leave the position due to multiple gambling allegations against him. Bagman lost a lot of money too. Well, gambling is frowned upon even in the wizarding world!
Albus Dumbledore created a Will for Harry, Hermione, and Ron. He ensured that all 3 had sufficient knowledge or equipment to complete the mission (destroying Horcruxes). If only Harry’s parents had left a will or Sirius had left a will (in his absence), Harry’s life would have been easy.
When Voldemort makes a strong comeback, Death Eaters raid the cities and throws everyday life out of balance. On the other hand, when a ministry takes a call on the workings of Hogwarts teaching, it affects the daily life of students. Similarly, when the ministry (under the influence of Voldemort) decides to send the muggle home, it strikes fear in the magic world.