Harry Potter is a great book for kids but it is equally good for those on a spiritual journey.
The entire series of Harry Potter is laden with many events that those on spiritual journey can relate to.
I am not talking just about the magical world or manifestations of things small and big that happens abundantly in the book, but about the struggles, and the lessons that the book speaks about.
This is just a small list, so if you happen to spot other events in Harry Potter that coincide with your spiritual journey then do share:
“The giant, spectral dog that haunts churchyards! My dear boy, it is an omen—the worst omen—of death!”.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The grim represented death but it turned out to be Harry’s Godfather Sirius Black who was in his Animagus form stalking Harry and actually saved him from near death when the Werewolf Professor Lupin went a full Werewolf on Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
In the spiritual awakening, seeing a black dog implies a loyal companion, and is the sign of justice following the seeker.
Even if we take the grim to mean death, then even here, a seeker may ask; who can be more loyal than death? For death follows us everywhere.
Sacrifice is one of the themes of Harry Potter.
Professor Severus Snape, Alastor Moody, Professor Dumbledore, Elf Dobby, Harry Potter’s parents, and several others strived to protect or died protecting others and ended up putting a protection charm on their friends, families, and others.
Such was the power of sacrifice that no amount of powerful magic from Voldemort could silence the grieving crowd when they found Harry Potter lying limp at Voldemort’s feet in the final book.
Remember Neville taunting Voldemort?
“I’ll join you when hell freezes over,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd, whom Voldemort’s Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold.
Or when Harry Potter tried to drill some sense into Voldemort’s brain:
“You won’t be killing anyone else tonight,” said Harry as they circled, and stared into each other’s eyes, green into red. “You won’t be able to kill any of them ever again. Don’t you get it? I was ready to die to stop you from hurting these people–“
“But you did not!”
“–I meant to, and that’s what did it. I’ve done what my mother did. They’re protected from you. Haven’t you noticed how none of the spells you put on them are binding? You can’t torture them. You can’t touch them.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
With a few lines, this Harry Potter book underlines the greatness of sacrifice which those on the path of spiritual awakening are very well aware of.
Our souls become powerful with each act of good karma. When such a powerful soul commits to protecting something or someone, it is bound to succeed against someone who has no good karma currency to bank on.
Professor Snape’s and Headmaster Dumbledore’s sacrifices melted with hundreds of others to protect Harry and others. In turn, Harry and the others sacrificed to protect all the living, and in this way, the ball of good karma turned into an avalanche for the Death Eaters. No wonder Voldemort turned moldy because his own curse backfired. Bad karma always backfires.
Solutions, fantastic yet workable and ‘actually’ successful ones, surface out of nowhere in the path of spiritual awakening.
In the spiritual awakening, things are fluid. What seems like a certain roadblock turns out to be a good resting place to strategize and move on, this time blasting the way forward.
Like in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter was stopped by Dobby the elf, from going to Hogwarts, and Harry and Ron ended up flying to the school.
At the Malfoy Manor, when Hermione Granger was tortured and Ron Weasley and Harry Potter were locked up, Dobby came to help. Voldemort went to kill baby Harry Potter and ended up getting evicted from his own body. So bad was the situation, that a part of his own soul got latched on to Harry who got the gift of Parseltongue/snake language from the very enemy who wished to destroy him!
This latched soul was one of the last Horcrux Harry Potter destroyed while trying to bring doom to the evil Wizard Voldemort. So despite all these attempts to bring Harry down, the evil wizard died.
There were signs of how powerful Harry’s soul was the moment he took out Professor Quirrell with his mere hands.
There are many other characters in this book, who overcame their fears while being lampooned like Neville Longbottom and made to feel inferior like Ron but they emerged stronger with each trial and setback they faced.
In spiritual awakening, we often find ourselves staring at hopelessness, and then we realize that this only made us stronger, and braver than we ever were. All we needed was to test our limits and voila! We, the caterpillar, finally turned into a butterfly!
In the Law of Attraction, there are no doors forever shut and no force to stop our march. We attract with our good karma and what we give to the Universe returns manifold.
Now, come the snakes.
In Harry Potter, Nagini was a Horcrux and the Basilisk was an ancient creature, but both were just puppets of Voldemort.
Those on the path of spiritual awakening will find that the snakes are one of the best creatures to see in dreams when trying to amass spiritual powers as they are signs of wisdom, knowledge, kundalini jagran, and sometimes even represent fate and healing.
Golden snake dream meaning: Spiritual gifts are heading your way!
Those who routinely see snakes in dreams will find, that they are able to understand and convey their thoughts to animals or birds without even speaking. Or they find visions and dreams of animals and reptiles, where these beings will share their thoughts with the seeker.
In spiritual awakening, this happens when the soul of the person has dipped a bit of their feet in the higher consciousness. The animals cease to be animals and become souls who are merely living their lives, just like us, in a 3d world. This is an awakened stage and many may not be aware but they are indeed attuned to higher consciousness or awareness.
In Harry Potter and Philosopher’s stone, Harry was unaware of being a wizard and yet, he was able to not just speak to a boa constrictor but even help the reptilian fellow escape!
Then comes the sacred animal akin to a holy cow. In the very first book, Harry Potter discovers Professor Quirrell/Voldemort drinking blood from a unicorn carcass in the Forbidden Forest. While it was a ghastly sight frightening both Harry and Draco Malfoy, what was explained to Harry by Centaur Firenze was even more frightening:
‘The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips. ‘
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Unicorn is not just a fantastic creature, it is the sign of divinity and sacred energy of the Universe that resided in a meek and humble creature and Harry Potter sees it in a similar way.
In spiritual awakening, awareness of the divinity in all forms of life is the foundation on which further ascension of a soul takes place. The stronger the foundation the higher the level the person can reach without tumbling down due to pride or jealousy.
Harry Potter’s last book, in my humble opinion, is one of the best that I have read. It is almost as if J.K. Rowling herself underwent some sort of spiritual awakening for having been able to convey it so well.
Here I am talking about ‘visualization’ and being able to see your guides.
The ability to see with eyes closed, mind- fully calm, while the soul searches for a place where it knows it will have its questions answered and also ‘see’ a solution.
In spiritual awakening, it happens when the Ajna Chakra (Third Eye), has become dominant. Those who chant ॐ regularly would likely have a dominant Ajna and the Sahasrara Chakra (Crown).
In this zone, we end up either meeting our spirit guides or Devi-Devtas and seeing the solutions they provide to us. The King’s cross station in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is just that.
Dumbledore’s arrival and his speaking to Harry Potter at the King’s Cross effectively nailed the fate of Voldemort.
Pivotal here is that while Dumbledore guided and answered the queries, yet, he left the decision of returning to the fight at Hogwarts to Harry.
In short, Harry Potter was told to do what he thought was right and just.
Only a higher spiritual being would accept the free will of their ward and here, it is the highest level of spiritual ascension, one can strive for.
By Namta Gupta