Holly Wands and Christmas Wreaths: The Importance of Christmas for Harry Potter
Christmas, more than any other day (even Halloween) holds significance for Harry Potter. On his first Christmas in the Wizarding World, Harry is given the invisibility cloak and finds the Mirror of Erised. Each Christmas throughout the series unlocks secrets and offers clues that will later assist Harry to defeat the Dark Lord, just as Christmas gives hope and light to the world during the darkness of winter.
At the Dursley's, Harry was always left out of the holiday festivities but once he joins the wizarding world, Harry gets to participate and enjoy Christmas. It is at Christmastime that Harry first tries polyjuice potion, has his first kiss, discovers that he has a godfather and declares to the Minister of Magic that he is “Dumbledore's man through and through”. In the final book, six key chapters take place during the Christmas holiday even though the trio is no longer at school.
We will look at each of Harry's first seven Christmases in the Wizarding World and discuss the significance of the “gifts” that Harry receives.
Nancee Lee-Allen holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Brooklyn College and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. Nancee redesigned the Children of the Night School to better meet the needs of sexually victimized teens. Nancee has also guest-lectured on such varied subjects as "Human Sexuality and the Law" at Northeastern University School of Law and "Harry Potter as a Teaching Tool When Working with Children with PTSD" at multiple locations throughout the US. Currently she lives, works and facilitates bibliotherapy groups in Orange County, California.