Hope in Darkness

[Disclaimer: Things are about to get a little nerdy]

Remember that scene in The Half Blood Prince when Professor McGonagall raises her wand at the scene of Dumbledore’s death to push back the darkness hovering above them?

McGonagall starts this spell to pay respects to the death of this great mentor and friend to all. Then, everyone else follows her lead and raises their wands in a united force that completely dissolves the Dark Mark looming in the sky. I can’t even watch it now without crying, all these years later.

I thought of this specific scene because it speaks to me so powerfully right now. With where the world is, I feel heavily weighed down by dark clouds. Paranoia and panic are causing people to act irrationally, and there’s a strong undercurrent of fear all among us. It’s like we just experienced Dumbledore’s death, and are all grieving it at the same time.

In difficult times like this, when fear is sweeping through every city, with no end in sight, we need bright lights to shine out and encourage others. It’s difficult to handle this new normal of uncertainty and isolation and feel like there’s to look forward to right now. The world is indeed in a very dark place, despite winter ending. We need to come together like they did in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to overcome this covid enemy and bring the light back.

I just thought of another perfect movie moment to illustrate the dire need for hope in this world:

The scene from The Return of the King, with Eowyn and Faramir. This is when they first meet in the Houses of Healing; both have just sustained near-death injuries, and are held back from the battle lines where they’d both love to be, earning honor for both Gondor and Rohan.

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Eowyn says: “The city has fallen silent. There is no warmth left in the sun.”

“It grows so cold.”

Faramir: “It’s just the damp of the first spring rain.”

“I do not believe this darkness will endure.”

See, we need to be the Faramirs to all the Eowyns out there spreading doom and gloom. Yes, things aren’t super great right now, but that doesn’t mean that it will always be this way. Like I said in my last post:

This too, shall pass.

We don’t need to let this storm strip us of our light. Hope is something that can never be taken away from you.


And to bring in yet one more reference, think of Samwise’s speech in the Two Towers:

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end … because how could the end be happy?  How could the world go back to the way it was … when so much bad had happened? 

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out all the clearer.”

This scene has continued to encourage me throughout my entire life. And it’s no less powerful to me today than it was in 2002 when it first came out. We can get through this. We will have victory over this fear!

We need more McGonagalls, Faramirs, and Samwises in the world right now to spread the light of hope during this period of darkness. Their resilience and calm demeanor helps others to draw strength from them. When you have a different perspective of a difficulty you face, it makes it seem not so horrible anymore. After all, “it’s only a passing this, this shadow.”

For a much better written post about having hope and staying strong during this time, check out my mom’s post on her blog: Pressed Down.

Be blessed, and much love playing-card-heart-png


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