Growing up, along with the rest of the world, I had an ever-growing love of Harry Potter. I still do. But the problem — well not "problem," but something that happens, is when I listen to music, books are automatically brought to mind. So, given my love for all things Drake and of course, our favorite Boy Who Lived, I couldn't help but notice that there were almost too many similarities between the Harry Potter series and Drake's songs.
The books live on in our memories, in our binge rereads, or move watching sessions. I'm just here to tell you that Drake might have been a bigger Harry Potter fan than any of us thought. He might have some iconic HP moments living on through his music, and I can't say I blame him.
There was that meme that went around not too long ago, you know the one: Drake's face on Draco Malfoy's body. That was the first sign. Was Drake a secret Potterhead? Anything is possible. But after further listening was given to his music with Harry and the gang in mind, only one conclusion is clear: Drake has clearly been talking about Harry Potter this whole time, and none of us have noticed.
"Started from the bottom now we here"
The song: "Started From the Bottom"
The scene: From the cupboard under the stairs to the Boy Who Lived defeating the most powerful wizard of all time, Harry is the living, walking, embodiment of this statement. "Started from the bottom now the whole team here," is also true, no matter how you feel about the fateful Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, everyone got the ending they deserved.
"Just hold on we're going home"
The song: "Hold On, We're Going Home"
The scene: "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home" still makes me emotional. But Harry, Ron, and Hermione definitely earned their place there as they saved it (and, okay, caused it sometimes) from certain destruction countless times.
"I got enemies, got a lotta enemies, got a lotta people tryna drain me of this energy"
The song: "Energy"
The scene: Harry had a lot of enemies, from Dudley, to Dementors, to Draco Malfoy, but none greater than Voldemort. And was there any scene in which he tried to drain him of his energy more than the final Battle for Hogwarts? No way, and Drake knows that.
"Oh my God, oh my God, if I die, I'm a legend"
The song: "Legend"
The scene: Harry is a legend either way, but if he had been defeated by Voldemort, can you imagine? I don't even want to think about it. But we can also think of this one is terms of everyone who died in the series, and there were many, each more emotional than the last. Looking at you, Fred.
"I been in the crib with the phones off, I been at the house taking no calls"
The Song: "10 Bands"
The scene: This line was seriously written for Slughorn. Hidden away in an old house, literally morphed into a chair, taking none of Dumbledore's... calls? Spells? Summoning charms? Either way, Drake was recalling his inner Slughorn with this one, and I think we can all agree: Drake would have been a member of the Slug Club.
"Runnin' thru the 6 with my woes"
The song: "Know Yourself"
The scene: Well, almost every Neville Longbottom scene from the first book to the last. From his remembrall, to the pixie incident with Lockhart, the "I've killed Harry Potter!" debacle in Goblet of Fire, to his final destruction of Nagini, Nevilla wasn't without his "woes" but he has a permanent place in our hearts for all of them.
"Retired teacher but your words still got me evolving"
The song: "You & the 6"
The scene: Dumbledore's life lessons to Harry, Hermione, and Ron were countless, and even when he wasn't physically at the school, or even technically alive in Deathly Hallows, his words and advice were always with them. (This can also be said for Lupin and Snape and McGonagall and... stop me, I'm getting emotional).
"I still been plotting on the low, scheming on the low/The furthest thing from perfect, like everyone I know"
The song: "Furthest Thing"
The scene: Is there anything further from perfect or more "on the low" than Voldemort in his almost powerless, baby form? That didn't stop him from plotting, though.
"Tryna sell this story, I don't even open up the package/Who you with? What you claim?"
The song: "10 Bands"
The scene: Rita Skeeter and her infamous Quick Quotes Quill. Always, always trying to sell her story, without ever actually reporting it. She caused countless problems for Harry and his friends, especially during the Triwizard Tournament, but she was always on the prowl for her next gossipy story. Drake understands Harry's pain.
"Now she want a photo/You already know though/You only live once that's the motto"
The song: "The Motto"
The scene: When Tom Riddle realizes, like we all do, that he's going to die someday, he doesn't take it too well. He breaks his soul into seven pieces, and we all know how well that turns out. This is, essentially, the Voldemort anthem. Sure, he'll only live once, but for a very, very long time.
"She said 'I heard you back with you know who'/I told her 'girl I'm always back with you know who"
The song: "You & the 6"
The scene: All of them? Harry is in constant battle with You Know Who, no matter how many times his friends, teaches, and family try to talk him out of it. He is always "back with You Know Who" and the fact that these are the lyrics are all the proof you need that Drake was always Team Harry.
"I'm so proud of you/Everything's adding up, you've been through hell and back"
The song: "I'm So Proud of You"
The scene: Right before the final battle, everyone Harry has loved and lost see him one last time in the Forbidden Forest, and I won't say they sing the lyrics to this song, it's pretty close.
"Yeah I'm all the way down, we'll be fine"
The song: "We'll Be Fine"
The scene: "All was well."
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