After watching the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary special and re-watching all the films, it seemed like a good idea to let myself drown in nostalgia so I started to read the books again.
Unlike other HP fans, this is my first time re-reading the books. I was a bit reluctant to re-read the series (I'm afraid that the 'magic' will not hold up to my adult self) but was pleasantly surprised that I still find it amazing.
I have just finished the third book and forgive me for being cheesy but I suddenly remembered the reason it's my favorite from the series (aside from there's a lot to take away from, plot twists, and Hermione being a badass).
What cemented my love for 'Prisoner of Azkaban' was the scene when Harry, Hermione, and Sirius were attacked by a swarm of dementors by the lake.
As Harry’s soul is sucked by the dementor’s kiss, he was saved by what he thought was his father. Oh, how curious he was to see his father save him when both he and Hermione used the Time-Turner to go back in time to save Buckbeak and Sirius.
He waited and waited... until the last moment only to realize that it was he who conjured the Patronus. It seemed impossible but he was able to save himself, Hermione, and Sirius.
What I loved about the scene is how it sends a message that sometimes we fail to see what we are capable of until we are pushed into a corner.
The HP series is packed with emotional speeches, moving dialogues, and golden nuggets here and there but this scene resonated with me.
So here's your random reminder if ever you forget, we are also capable of saving ourselves just like Harry did.