Happy Potter Tuesday! Let’s get right into, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters…
“Want a hand?” It was one of the red-haired twins [George] he’d followed through the barrier.
“Yes, please,” Harry panted. ~ Page 94
“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten). ~ Page 101
“Well, you can’t expect him to hang around all day,” said Ron. “He’ll be back. No, I’ve got Morgana again and I’ve got about six of her…do you want it? You could start collecting.” ~ Page 102
“You know, I think the ends of Scabbers’ whiskers are a bit lighter,” said Harry, trying to take Ron’s mind off Houses. ~ Page 106
The journey from Platform 9 3/4 is marked by one word: Kindness. The kindness of strangers to one another, which eventually makes them family. This got me to thinking about what the Bible teaches on kindness:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 ESV
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. ~ Proverbs 11:17 ESV
Love is patient and kind… ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. ~ Proverbs 21:21 ESV
If we want the kind of relationship that Harry had with the Weasley family and the Weasley family had with him, it all starts with kindness. How kind are we to the people around us? The people we know and those we do not. One thing the Bible teaches, and I’ve learned, is that you never know the worth of a person by their outside appearance. So be kind to everyone, because everyone, no matter their worth, is a handcrafted piece of art in God’s collection of beloved masterpieces.
He [Draco] turned back to Harry. “You’ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.”
He held out is hand to shake Harry’s, but Harry didn’t take it.
“I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,” he said coolly. ~ Page 108
The wrong sort? They are those who turn their backs on kindness… but even to them we should be kind.