I never thought I would be interested in watching the Harry Potter movies. Mainly because my interests don’t lie in mystical stuff. But one rainy day in November I sat down with the first movie – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — and I was hooked.
I watched all 8 movies within 2 weeks. My husband wasn’t too happy with me (each movie is at least 2 1/2 hours long), but I couldn’t help it. I had been drawn in and needed to know how it ended.
In that first movie, Harry finds a mirror at his school and in his reflection, he is immediately surrounded by his dead parents. The mirror is called The Mirror of Erised.
Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster at Hogwarts, describes it this way: “The happiest man on earth will look into the mirror and see only himself, exactly as he is. It shows nothing more and nothing less then the deepest and most desperate desires of our heart. It gives not knowlege or truth. Men have wasted away in front of it, even gone mad. It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live.”
I started thinking about what I would see in that mirror. Would the deepest and most desperate desires of my heart be compassionate and charitable? Would my desires revolve around helping others and making life easier for those who most need it? Or would vanity and materialism show up in the reflection?
More than likely — and as much as I would hate to admit this — the mirror would reveal the latter. No matter how hard I try to be charitable, compassionate, and altruistic, I also allow those darker traits to seep in when I am not paying attention.
I am glad that The Mirror of Erised isn’t in my home. But I am also aware that I need to be present each day, living for not only myself but for others around me.
Today I need to make choices that remove materialism and vanity, and instead reflect an attitude more concerned with helping others.
What image would you see?