In Harry Potter, there are many instances within the novel in which the truth is revealed to Harry and his friends. As each truth is discovered, the events within the novel begin to make more sense to both the characters within the story and the reader.
The first instance in the novel in which the truth is revealed is when Hagrid tells Harry that he is a wizard. “With a mum an’ dad like yours, what else would yeh be?” Hagrid asks Harry, essentially revealing another truth while doing so. Harry, very confused, is then given his letter of admittance into Hogwarts. This first revelation comes as a shock to Harry, though the truth explains the strange coincidences that had occurred to him in the beginning of the novel. For example, Harry being a wizard explains why the snake at the zoo spoke to Harry and it also explains why Harry’s hair grows back so fast. So essentially, the truth in this case gives a reason for the strange occurrences that have been happening to Harry and why he has been receiving so many letters.
The second instance in the novel in which the truth is discovered is when Hagrid tells Harry that both of his parents are wizards and were not, in fact, killed in a car crash. “How could a car crash kill Lily an’ James Potter? It’s an outrage! A scandal! Harry Potter not knowin’ his own story when every kid in our world knows his name!” Hagrid exclaims. Hagrid then reveals the truth abo...
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...d should therefore be treated with great caution.” Eventually, it also revealed that Dumbledore gave the invisibility cloak to Harry since it had previously belonged to his father. With this information, the truth revealed in this scene explains the fate of the sorcerer’s stone, Professor Quirrel’s death, and the origins of Harry’s invisibility cloak.
Throughout the novel, the revealing of the truth plays an important role and theme within various parts of the story. From Harry discovering the truth about his parents and his wizard abilities to finding out the truth about Snape and Professor Quirrel, the truth essentially ties together various pieces of the story and gives the characters within the book and the reader more insight. J.K. Rowling, as quoted, in the book, might believe that the truth is a “beautiful and terrible thing” and should be valued greatly.
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