For Harry Potter's birthday, YP cadets share what the iconic J.K. Rowling series has taught them

For Harry Potter's birthday, YP cadets share what the iconic J.K. Rowling series has taught them

In celebration of his big day, we think about what the wizarding world of Hogwarts means to us

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Even though the final Harry Potter book came out in 2007, and the last movie in 2011, the spirit of the series lives on.
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Today marks the day on which Harry James Potter was born. In honour of this, Young Post has asked several Muggle students (who also happen to be YP cadets) about what they’ve learned or what they want to steal from the Chosen One and his magical world. 

Leanne Jackson, 16, Sha Tin College: Hogwarts students have a better school life than Hong Kong students because they have interesting classes like Transfiguration and Defence Against the Dark Arts, but we're stuck with math and science.

Jackalyn So, 16, Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School: The idea of Dumbledore's Army - youth collaborating illicitly to achieve a shared cause under an oppressive regime - seemed removed from possibility when I first read it, admirable as it was. Now I don't think so anymore. Daily-life activism is the pride of our generation and we're keeping the DA's spirit alive. On a lighter note, I want wizarding things that fly: a Firebolt, Sirius's motorbike, and a dragon.

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Joanne Rhodes, 19, University of Hong Kong: It's important to hold your stance in times of chaos, as Dumbledore once warned: "indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike".

Chloe Lau, 14, St. Mary’s Canossian College: I learnt magic is better off staying in fiction than happening in real life. If someone discovered magic, it would be the end of humanity. Imagine the evil things people could do with magic: kill without a trace, hypnotise others, or create monsters. Something so powerful like magic should not fall into a human’s hands, as 99 percent of humans are going to misuse it and end the world. Sure, it would make life a lot more interesting, but it could make life terrifying too. A real life Voldermort? No thanks!

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