I am a Potterhead, a term defined by Urban Dictionary as "amazingly cool people who are obsessed with Harry Potter." This means that when casting about for a fictitious family tree chart to make Harry Potter immediately came to mind.
Some parts of James, Albus and Lily's family history were already well known to me--I didn't have to look them up. Who could forget Harry's parents, James and Lily, for their spectacular sacrifice in giving up their lives for his, but also in passing down James' unruly black hair and Lily's green eyes.
Other portions of their family history required actual research (thank you internet!). Some things I learned for the first time (Molly Weasley's maiden name is Prewett?) but others came back to me with little jolts of excitement as they were pulled from the recesses of my memory. Seeing Cedrella Black's name reminded me of the familial connection through the Black line of Sirius, Bellatrix, the Malfoys, Tonks, and the Weasleys. Lily's last name being Evans pulled me back to the grand reveal of Snape's love for Lily that answered the question once and for all where his allegiance lay.
The entire experience from beginning to end probably took me half an hour, but researching and creating this fictitious family tree made me even more excited about Harry Potter, more connected with the characters. It was a nice reminder to me that the reverse would also be true; that by spending time getting to know the stories of my own ancestors would allow me to experience even more joy and connection each time I see their names in my own pedigree chart. A worthy endeavor? Absolutely.
If you'd like to watch the making of this Harry Potter example of a family tree chart see below:
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