What does Harry Potter really mean to us?
I was recently asked to play synthesizer in the Colorado Symphony’s performance of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: In Concert. I got into the spirit by revisiting the world of Harry Potter and found some shockingly deep astrological connections!
JK Rowling was struggling with personal issues including the death of her mother while writing the first book. She writes that she channeled many of the feelings of being motherless, of being orphaned, into Harry’s character. This is why Harry seems more adult than his friends and contemporaries. (Thanks Wikipedia).
But where did she draw the line between fantasy and reality?
From the books, Sybil Trelawney’s first prophecy says, “…The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies.” (Thank you https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Prophecy). “As the seventh month dies” seems to mean “the end of July.” Guess when JK Rowling’s bday is?
Her birthday is July 31st. She herself would fit this prophecy. FUNNY THING. The actor who plays Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, could also fulfill the prophecy. His birthday is July 23, still the end of the seventh month. Both he and JK Rowling are Leos: one writing the role, other playing it. (Or maybe in a sense both playing it?) Harry’s character IS very Leo-like. Brave, extremely loyal, courageous, at times full of himself, ambitious, confident. Here’s another thing.
As you know, Snakes play a HUGE role in Harry Potter. The Sorting Hat felt that Harry could have easily belonged to Slytherin. We have Nagini, Voldemort’s slithery familiar (who apparently used to be a woman with a Malefectus). Harry and Voldemort are both Parseltongues, a “gift” which enhances their connection.
So…switch to Chinese astrology for a second. Think of the placemats in a Chinese restaurant: Year of the Dog, The Pig, The Rat and so on. Can you guess what year JK Rowling was born in?
Yessssss. It was a Year of the Snake. Now, guess what year Daniel Radcliffe was born in? Yesssssss. Your suspicions are correct. Both born at the end of the 7th month, both Leos born in the year of the Snake. Funny that a boy with a similar astrological make-up to JK Rowling is chosen to play Harry Potter.
Snakes symbolize transformation, death and rebirth. Was JK Rowling not trying to transform her life as she wrote this story? Her grief, her abusive relationship, her poverty-stricken financial situation. As Harry transformed, so did she …a new marriage, children, recognition, rags to riches.
In the last book, Harry physically dies so he can choose rebirth. This final choice between life and death was foreshadowed by that defining moment, the episode with the Sorting Hat. His his “innate” self was Slytherin, was more like Voldemort: loner, orphan. But he chose to transform into someone different, someone who belonged to friends, someone who valued his soul family.
The echoes of symbolism are too strong to ignore. A Leo Snake is some who is brave in the face of transformation, in the face of death. Someone who has the courage to shed the skin of the old self. Someone who can embrace their new and true identity with the shining, burning, steadfast heart of a Lion. We can choose to believe transformation is possible. The seat of the soul is our imagination; our imagination creates the worlds that our soul longs to inhabit. Worlds where we are unafraid to show up in our strength, where we are loved and valued for who we are, and where our love always conquers our fear.