Sunday, November 20, 2011

Expecto Patronum

"A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the wizard who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him. In order for it to work, you need to think of a memory. Not just any memory, a veryhappy memory, a very powerful memory… Allow it to fill you up... lose yourself in it... then speak the incantation "Expecto Patronum"."

Remus Lupin says when he's teaching Harry Potter the Patronus Charm. 

"Make it a powerful memory, the happiest you can remember. Allow it to fill you up… Just remember, your Patronus can only protect you as long as you stay focused… Think of the happiest thing you can."

Harry Potter says while he's teaching the Patronus Charm to Dumbledore's Army.

Personally, I always feel more secure and more powerful when I remember the happiest childhood memories I have. Thank God, there are many,  and likewise I want Princess Milou to possess happy memories to muster in the future whenever she needs them. The happier she is, the more powerful she will become in the end. So, I had the idea of doing some tagging on the walls at home with the Expecto Patronum theme. It was originally Emir's idea to fill an empty perfume bottle with some gouache paint and water and shake it well so that he and Milou could get some home-made spray paint. When I suggested that we tag one of the walls in the corridor, they had already painted the Hogwarts Express on a wall in Milou's room. Anyway, we filled the bottle with different colours of gouache paints and I cut out letters in the charm 'Expecto Patronum' from some scrap paper. The rest was fun and creativity. Princess Milou and I used our both hands to cast the charm while Emir was spraying paint. We all loved it. We tagged those precious moments as a happy memory which would later shield Milou against troubles in life. 

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