The quote

The quote, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” (Rowling, page 214) said by Dumbledore from the novel, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone is a meaningful quote.

The book is about a young boy named Harry Potter who lives with his relatives as an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort killed his parents, James and Lily. Lily, his mother sacrificed herself to protect Harry from Voldemort. Voldemort had no need to kill Lily and was even willing to spare her at Snape’s insistence. This selfless act of love created a protective charm around Harry. After murdering James and Lily, Voldemort’s already fragmented soul was already in a weakened state and when his killing curse backfired due to the protective charm, a part of his soul detached itself from Voldemort and got latched onto Harry. He lost his powers and became a spirit until he found his body back. The attack left a scar on Harry’s forehead, and since he didn’t die, he was known as the boy who lived. As he grows up, he does not know about his magical heritage, as he lives with non-magic-related relatives who don’t tell him about his past. On his 11th birthday, he finds out about his magical heritage as he gets into Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and discovers that he is famous. He quickly becomes friends with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley and they soon come face to face with Lord Voldemort. In the end, they manage to defeat Lord Voldemort from stealing the sorcerer’s stone and returning to power. So at the moment, Harry and his friends are safe.

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In the book, Dumbledore says the quote, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”. Dumbledore, is the headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the greatest wizard of all time, and one of the wisest men ever invented, even though he is sadly just a fictional character. Dumbledore says the quote when Harry discovers a mirror that shows his deepest desire, the Mirror of Erised. The mirror shows his parents and family, as it is his deepest desire. Dumbledore tells Harry that he is going to move the mirror before warning him not to go searching for it again. The headmaster’s words are a reminder that dwelling on what might have been in the past of what could be in the future distracts from living in the present moment.

What does the quote mean to you? Explain using specific text-to-self connections
The quote, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”, said by Dumbledore, means that one must deal with what is, and not what one might want but can’t have.
To me, it means not to live in a fantasy world or a ‘dream world’. If you are always thinking what if or fantasizing about things that could happen or could have happened, you miss living in the current moment! So basically you should live your life and stop thinking about the past or the future, and just focus on the present.

Why should other people hear this quote? Explain thoroughly.
In my opinion, other people should hear this quote as it has a deep and meaningful message. It is a reminder to not dwell on the past nor future but to just focus on the now. Sometimes, people keep thinking about the what ifs when they should focus on the current moment. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to dream, however, it is not good to dwell on the past or the future. It may even be something that can’t be fixed.. Just live your life and stop thinking about the past or the future, and just focus on the present

Where did you take your picture? What does it show?
How does your picture connect to the quote?

The photo is a picture of a drawing of a so-called dream world. It shows our deepest desires, what we want, and of courses, our dreams. Beside it is a photo of me as a toddler, representing my childhood. The drawing and photo show the “dreams”. Also, the background is floor tiles which were taken at home, representing reality. There is also a hand reaching out to The picture is basically a photo of someone, which in this case is me, who is not focusing on the present moment. And so, it shows the dwelling part of the quote. My photo connects to the quote as it shows what not to do. You should not dwell on dreams, meaning you should not think about the what ifs, and past or future. And don’t forget to live, meaning you should live your life and stop dwelling on something that may not be fixed. Live life as it is, and don’t worry about the past or future, the what ifs, and the dreams.

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