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Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, but Harry Potter Saved Her Life

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I follow a lot of Harry Potter-related social media accounts and websites because, well, I’m obsessed.

I have multiple versions of the books and copies of the school books in the series; I’ve dressed up for movie premiers; and I have quality lightening bolt jewelry.

I jam “Hedwig’s Theme” and “Buckbeak’s Flight” in my car.

I regularly reread the series and every ABC Family marathon is a national holiday.

Pretty much the only thing missing is the tattoo.

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The point is, I understand people’s various levels of Potter appreciation (unless you have none, and then I just don’t know what it is you’re doing with your life), but I got chills when I read one person’s anonymous confession that Harry Potter had saved her life.

The Common Room, a popular Facebook page for Harry Potter fans, regularly posts Potter-related images with fan confessions. Some of them are funny, others trigger “A-HA!” moments, and some express frustration.

A few weeks ago, one of the fans confessed she struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, until she started reading the Harry Potter books. She claimed getting lost in the story was her way to escape the depression and suicide ideation.

“Harry Potter has literally saved my life.”

I was floored, but in a good way. I have no idea who this person is–how old she is, whether she receives counseling or takes medication, whether she’s even a she–but I felt instantly connected to her. Not because Harry Potter saved my life, but because I understand how big an impact stories can have on our lives.

Not just stories. For some, it’s movies, music, art. A particular song or album or band, or a book we read back in fifth grade that’s stuck with us for decades. Sometimes it’s the message itself, and sometimes it’s just the opportunity to escape our own problems and enter another world.

What’s your escape, readers?

Do you have a song, album, or artist who’s saved your life? What about a book series? Or a movie you watched at just the right time?

Share with us in the comments below!

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Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, but Harry Potter Saved Her Life

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2013). Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, but Harry Potter Saved Her Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 29, 2020, from


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