If all you want to do these days is curl up and read Harry Potter, I totally get you. The world is suddenly seeming rather scary and unfamiliar, and if you need to look after yourself by retreating into your favorite book, then you absolutely should. Especially because Harry Potter can offer so much more than just self-care. At its heart, Harry Potter is a story about resistance, about the triumph of good over evil. Reading Harry Potter can comfort us, reassure us, and then inspire us to action.
Ever since Trump's election back in November, fans have been turning to the Harry Potter books for advice. The last few months have been repeatedly compared to the events of the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which builds up to the Death Eaters taking over the Ministry of Magic. Now, it's time for the Battle of Hogwarts.
So yes, hide and the covers and read about the adventures of our beloved Harry, Ron, and Hermione — but then it's time to do something about it. It's time to donate to organizations like the ACLU; it's time to march for reproductive rights and for Black Lives Matter; it's time to resist Trump's presidency in any way we can. And Harry Potter's full of quotes to inspire us on our way.