Happy Harry Potter Tuesday. Week by week we are working our way through Sorcerer’s Stone. Today we are on Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat. After Harry’s class is sorted, dinner is finished, and announcements are made, it is time to sing the school song:

“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,

Teach us something please,

Whether we be old and bald

Or young with scabby knees,

Our heads could do with filling

With some interesting stuff,

For now they’re bare and full of air,

Dead flies and bits of fluff,

So teach us things worth knowing,

Bring back what we’ve forgot,

Just do you best, we’ll do the rest,

And learn until our brains all rot.”


Every student and staff member sing to their own tune. Of course, the Weasley twins choose a dirge and finish last with Dumbledore conducting them to the very end. Dumbledore claps the loudest of all and exclaims:

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!”

Music is very powerful (like love). Dumbledore, one of the wisest wizards of all time, got that though many did not. The professors all forced smiles at the announcement of singing time. But music is important and something to enjoy. Fred and George knew that, Dumbledore knew that, and the Bible reaffirms that truth.

And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him. ~ 1 Samuel 16:23 ESV

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! ~ Psalm 98:4-6 ESV

 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. ~ 2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT

Music is powerful. It can soothe the hurting soul. It can invoke great feeling within our hearts and fuel inspiration. However, music can also lead down a darker path, because it has a way of getting into our souls and infusing our emotions. Sing and dance with all your heart music that brings light and life and joy. It is a magic we are all capable of, even Muggles. It is a magic that is beyond all that is taught at Hogwarts.

Here are some magical tunes I’ve been jamming to lately: