Well Said - Harry Potter, Sorting Hat and Albus Dumbledore
P.S. - Those who've read Harry Potter, and rather know it by heart, could skip the background.
Those who've not read, the section contain Plot Spoilers
In the first part of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry arrives at the great castle of Hogwarts school and is selected in the School House Gryffindor. The selector is none other than a Hat - a magical object which possesses selecting intellect of the four ancient founders of the school. Harry, who has been kept away from the magical world since birth, receivesa little bit of information about the school houses - enough to understand that all cunning, dark wizards belonged to Slytherin - including the wizard that killed Harry's parents, that his friend Ron's whole family belonged in Gryffindor.
The Sorting Hat sits on the head of new wizards, and sorts them into the houses they belong to. When it's Harry's turn to get sorted and he dons the Hat, the Hat is a little perplexed, where to put Harry Potter - he has talent, thirst to prove himself - Harry starts thinking - "Not Sytherin, not Slytherin"! the hat asks him, think about it, you could be great - Slytherin will help you becoming great. But Harry is not tempted. And the Hat puts him in Gryffindor.
In second part of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is in a dilemma. He has come to accept that he has a lot of similarities with the founder of Slytherin house, ancient and great wizard Salazar Sytherin himself, with Lord Voldemort (the heir of Slytherin) and thus he could have actually belonged to Slytherin house instead of Gryffindor.
These doubts upset him, and he raises them in the end of the book in front of Dumbledore. The great Headmaster of the school tells Harry, that his similarities with Voldemort are a fact but another fact is his choice to be a Gryffindor. That he could resist the temptation of power more than once, that he could value the love, friendship more than greatness, that he could choose right from wrong was what defined who Harry Potter was.
It is our choices Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Choices Define you, not just Capabilities
That was very well said. Not just well said, it was wow said! There are many people who are skilled to do something, say a sharpshooter. But whether the shooter shoots for a sport, or s/he becomes a assassin, is entirely the shooter's choice.
If we do not talk about the extremes (good or bad), many times in life, we will find ourselves wondering, "this is what I'm good at, so this is what I should do". But that's not the case. In fact, whether you want to do it or not, is actually important. It will tell you where your heart lies, and even more important is - whether you choose to do it or not. Sometimes "wanting" is a rather tricky word. You might be tempted by something your conscience knows to be wrong. The decision, the choice will tell you how strong you are.
It will define who you are.
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