Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 9.3分
读书笔记 The Mirror of Erised
‘Let me explain.The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror if Erised like a normal mirror,that is, he would only look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help?’ Harry thought. Then he said slowly,‘It shows us what we want…whatever we want…’ ‘Yes and no,’said Dumbledore quietly.‘It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desparate desire of our hearts. You,who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However,this mirror will give us neither knowledge or thruth. Men have wasted away before it, entrranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.’ … ‘What do you see when you look in the Mirror?’ ‘I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, wollen socks.’ Harry stared. ‘One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books. ’
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J.K. Rowling’s thoughts

Albus Dumbledore’s words of caution to Harry when discussing the Mirror of Erised express my own views. The advice to ‘hold on to your dreams’ is all well and good, but there comes a point when holding on to your dreams becomes unhelpful and even unhealthy. Dumbledore knows that life can pass you by while you are clinging on to a wish that can never be – or ought never to be – fulfilled. Harry’s deepest yearning is for something impossible: the return of his parents. Desperately sad though it is that he has been deprived of his family, Dumbledore knows that to sit gazing on a vision of what he can never have, will only damage Harry. The mirror is bewitching and tantalising, but it does not necessarily bring happiness.

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