Harry Potter Met the Patels

Earlier this year, Alan Rickman passed, leaving behind a legacy of great performances but more importantly a track record of being a good person (even if he did play a fantastic villain – quick aside… for some reason, every time he delivers the line “Clay, Bill” in Diehard, my brothers and I crack up). So, soon after his passing, I rewatched all the Harry Potter movies, which is one of my favourite movie (and definitely book) series of all time. In between, I watched “Meet the Patels”. Watching all the movies, I was struck by a common theme shared among them: LOVE – the love parents have for their children, and the love children have for their parents, even if the generation gap sometimes causes that love to be lost in translation.

In the Harry Potter movies, a mother’s love is the predominant theme that links the books and movies.

I’m an ardent highlighter while I am reading. I was surprised to find when I combed through the 4,000+ pages of the books, that the only paragraph I highlighted was the following (though by no means is this intended to insinuate there were no other profound quotes in the books; there were) – words spoken by Dumbledore to Harry towards the end of the first book.

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realise that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

In the movie, the lines were changed a little, and Richard Harris beautifully delivered these words instead to connote the same meaning.

[Your mother] “sacrificed herself for you. And that kind of act leaves a mark. No, this kind of mark cannot be seen. It lives in your very skin… Love, Harry. Love.”

“Meet the Patels” is downright hilarious; and the unforeseen stars of the movie are the main character’s parents, who remind me of my own.

“From the bottom of the heart, my happiness is your happiness.”

“I would just love whoever you fall in love with, beta. I will just be happy… with the one you find.”

My mother is so amazing at both communicating her love as well as showing it. She’s all heart. Whether it’s shown, spoken, or written, she doesn’t let a day go by without telling her kids how much she loves them. My father’s love is a quieter one, but it’s there and I’ve never doubted it. I can never repay them for the love they’ve given me. I try, but I never can tell them enough. I try, but I can never show them enough.

When I watch the Harry Potter movies and “Meet the Patels”, I always think of my parents.

They are pretty darn awesome.

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