A Magical Encounter
Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work that has had an influence on you and explain the influence.
I took a deep breath. Trying to keep my tears from falling, I looked around to find the only thing that would comfort me. I pushed aside my Time Kids Magazine and my clarinet and there it lay, silent and ready to listen, and explain. Drawing a pillow close to my chest, I curled up in my bed and began to re-read a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As I read, the insults my disappointed parents hissed into my ear seemed to fade, and while reading Harry’s life and struggles, I felt neither hopeless nor alone. You see, my parents told me that I was worthless if not perfect, my brother showed me I had to be filled with greed and arrogance to gain intelligence, but what Harry taught me was completely opposite. And I knew, in my heart he was right. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling taught me to challenge greed and arrogance, with humility, friendship, and the idea of acquiring knowledge for the common good.
First and foremost, I know Harry is not real. I question whether that makes a difference -- it shouldn't, really. Fictional, factual, or seven-dimensional, his influence in my life is indisputable. With Harry came the idea that I was not alone. Throughout most my childhood, my brother was the center of attention. My parents often boasted about his talent in math, and science and supported his endeavors while neglecting mine. I spent most of my childhood at school or in my room trying to keep up with him.