You’re supposed to teach him how to meet life. – Dumbledore’s insights for parenting. The eighth Harry Potter story has landed on a very interesting plot burdened with legacy and mystery without scraping out the tension and magical aspects. The story started nineteen years later from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and following Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, named in memory of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, two former headmasters of Hogwarts.
In the dawning of a new age after Voldemort was defeated, Harry Potter is the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and has three children with Ginny Weasley: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. In September 1, 2017, Albus Severus left for his first year in Hogwarts along with his older brother, his cousin Rose Granger-Weasley, daughter of Hermoine Granger, now the Minister for Magic, and Ron Weasley who manages Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and Scorpius Malfoy, the only son of Draco Malfoy, Harry’s former rival.
Before boarding the Hogwarts Express, Albus confided to his father his fear of not meeting the expectation burdened with legacy in his family name. He fears to be sorted into Slytherin. To comfort him, his father revealed that the bravest man he ever knew – Severus Snape – had been a Slytherin student. And if Albus prefers to be sorted into Gryffindor, Harry made it a point that the Sorting Hat would take this choice into account, as it did for him.
Nonetheless, will the Potter legacy continue on Albus Severus?
After arriving at Hogwarts, the Sorting ceremony began. The Sorting Hat placed Rose in Gryffindor and both Scorpius and Albus in Slytherin which surprised everyone. More than just a surprise, other students made it a mockery for Albus Severus being a Potter in Slytherin. During his first flying lesson, Albus burdened with legacy failed to demonstrate his flying skills and thereby labeled as the “Slytherin Squib”.
All the way to his third year of school, Albus continued to endure the weight of his father’s legacy and struggle to live up to others’ expectations as the son of Harry Potter. While Albus had to undergo teasing and only having Scorpius as a friend, Rose had a better time at Hogwarts, becoming very popular and a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team in her second year.
Burdened with legacy, it seems that Albus Severus is leading a different way from his father’s.
This strained the relationship between Albus and his father. It brought both of them to a point of regretting to be part of each other’s life. It was a huge gap in between. A hallow of bitterness and regret filled them.
Harry – “You wish me dead?”
Albus – “No, I just wish you weren’t my dad.”
Harry – “Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.”
Albus made a chain of mistakes in this story that interrupted with time as he and Scorpius tried to redeem the past by using a Time-Turner. In the end, it’s not right to meddle with what already happened years back. It is a huge mess when past and present collides ominously making it very uncomfortable to learn the truth.
We must understand that in their relationship, each of them has a target and a goal just to get each other at the best stance in life. That is parenthood. But parents and children will not always have the same trail to leave behind as legacy.
Potter in Parenting
We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come – Dumbledore on Harry’s issue of parenting his younger son. Harry is aiming to get Albus at his expected future, protected from any harm and danger along the way. Well, it is not the case at all. While Albus is burdened with legacy, Harry is burdened with his responsibility as the father.
It is even unrealistic to say that evil will never come to inflict pain. The fact is that everyone eventually will be met by some sort of evil along their journey. And as parents, we can either get our children prepared to meet and overcome the evil or we can just protect them with so much innocence and ignorance that we send them into the world clueless of evil lacking the tools to overcome whatever life is throwing at their doorstep.
To note, this is not a permission to just physically, emotionally or mentally harm the child as in abuse. But biblically, parents should train the child up to be a person of good influence and good stance in life.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6
It is not being burdened with legacy. But it is setting up a legacy for you and for the people after you to follow. If your parents have not done it right, then do it right in your own time. It is a matter of what is today and what will be tomorrow. Past will always be the past. But you can still better today and tomorrow.
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