Dear J.K. Rowling,
People are like onions. To really get acquainted with them, you have to take the layers away until you truly understand who they are.
"Why?" is a question I believe we all ask about ourselves and other things around us. Why is the word that came to me often in your book. Why does picking on someone bring people joy? Why do people seeing this do nothing about it? Why do we think we are so much better than others? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows answered these questions for me.
One day after school, I began to notice how most kids, including myself, were bystanders in the act of bullying. Nobody would stand up for the person being targeted. I can't say I stood up for them either. I was just another coward in the group. Figuring someone else would take care of it, I never thought twice about the incident. During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows my view on things changed.
Straight away from the start, innocent men, women, and children were being killed or abused because of who they were or what they believed in. Voldemort said, "I will kill every last man, woman, and child who stand in my way." This aggravated me. How could people let that happen? I realized and thought to myself, I'm no different. I never stopped people from doing those types of things.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione started on their quest, they were working to defeat the greatest wizard of all time. That's something that would take courage. You are not born with courage, but accept it into your life at a time you need it most. Throughout the course of this book I learned that courage is bravery. It's not doing an act to impress someone but doing it to succeed. The happenings and characters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows showed me this truth about courage. It takes courage to stand up to someone when you know you could easily get knocked right back down, but in this book, and everyday life, you have to be willing to take those acts and know that something great will come out of them.
People are like onions. You sometimes have to peel back the layers to truly understand them. I learned that people pick on each other because they have nowhere or no one else to turn to. The bystanders are afraid of what people will think of them. We think we are so much better than everyone else because we are narrow minded and only like to think what we want to. I thank J.K. Rowling for making me see this. Everyone deserves a fair chance no matter who they are or what they believe. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows also showed me that if you are brave enough to make a difference anything is possible.