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    15 Times "Harry Potter" Got Mental Health Just Right

    15 ways in which mental health is explored in the Harry Potter universe.

    There are probably millions of reasons why we love the Harry Potter series. Many of us might relate to some of the characters in the books or the films, perhaps seeing a reflection of our own experiences in the characters’ stories. The books do an especially amazing job of accurately portraying some of the most common mental health experiences that we might go through. Here are 15 of them.

    Magic suppression

    The Obscurus




    Trelawney’s divinations


    Lupin’s hidden identity

    Voldemort's Horcruxes

    Child abuse


    Ghosting (no, not the House ghost kind)

    Pain gives us courage

    The Mirror of Erised

    Love is the most powerful source of magic.

    Dr. Janina Scarlet is a clinical psychologist, podcaster on Harry Potter therapy, and the author of Therapy Quest, a revolutionary self-help book which combines therapy with an interactive fantasy quest. For more information go to or follow her on Twitter (@ShadowQuill).