Ever wonder why witches and wizards can grow back bones and heal gaping wounds, but can’t fix eyesight? It’s a bit of an anomaly, but consider this: What would Harry Potter be with out those round eyeglasses that are always breaking?
Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, said regarding Harry’s glasses, “They are the clue to his vulnerability.” Is she saying that glasses are a sign that even the strongest person has weak points? Perhaps — let’s take a look at some of the most popular bespectacled witches and wizards in Harry Potter.
Throughout the series, Harry shows the courage, determination and selflessness of a true Gryffindor — however, he is not without weakness. Could it be that Harry’s glasses are a symbol of vulnerability, as JK Rowling said? When we first meet Harry, he’s wearing old, large hand-me-down clothes and taped glasses (that Hermione fixes when she first meets him on the Hogwarts Express with Oculus Reparo). Harry Potter’s glasses continue to break and take a beating throughout the series, but they accompany him on all his journeys, showing that even a hero can wear glasses. During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, be on the lookout for part of the movie when Harry can see without his glasses!
One of the most beloved Harry Potter characters, Dumbledore is an esteemed professor and mentor to Harry. It’s fascinating how Rowling lets us in on the secrets of Dumbledore’s background and life posthumously. But after all Harry’s turmoil and frustrations trying to decode Dumbledore’s cryptic clues and secrets, he is able to piece everything together to prove Dumbledore had a real knack for predicting human (and other beings) nature. And you can’t forget Dumbledore’s eccentric fashion! In the words of Kingsley Shacklebolt, “You may not like him, Minister, but you can’t deny: Dumbledore’s got style.” In true professor and wizard tradition, Dumbledore wears half moon glasses.
Although Harry struggles to deal with being the orphaned son of James and Lily Potter, his parents prove to be influential throughout the series. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we learn some fascinating background information on his parents. Like Father, like son, Harry shares many of the same physical attributes as his father, including his always-messy hair and round glasses!
Rita Skeeter, the reporter we all love to hate. Her sensationalized news stories and biographies make our blood boil, but her book on Dumbledore will serve an important role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. As long as you can see past her dishonesty and exaggerated truth, you’ll learn much about Dumbledore. And what would Rita be without her Quick-Quotes Quill, red nails and glasses?
Minerva McGonagall is the stern and prim Transfiguration professor, Head of Gryffondor, Deputy Headmistress and later Headmistress of Hogwarts. Throughout Harry Potter, McGonagall is a teacher and mentor for Harry, and beneath her no-nonsense exterior, she has a soft spot for Harry. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we’ll see McGonagall fight hard in the Battle of Hogwarts. A sign of her primness, she wears a pair of small wire rimmed glasses (square in the books, round in the movies). Her glasses outline the eye markings of her tabby cat Animagus and Patronus.
Don’t forget about the other glasses wearers. Sybill Trelawney and Moaning Myrtle both wear glasses. As does Percy and Arthur Weasley (only in the books), Rufus Scrimbeour, Mafalda Hopkirk, Aberforth Dumbledore, Bob Ogden — and a slew of side characters!
The end is near, and very soon we’ll watch as our favorite characters fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. So grab your glasses and enjoy!