The Missing Childhood of Harry Potter: How Do Those Missing Years Apply to Us?

Three Baby Dolls Outside on Blanket Sleeping
How Does Harry Potter's Missing Childhood Apply to Us?

Writing fiction is an interesting experience. If you don't try to control the characters, but just accept them for what they are, get to truly know them, they will come to life and begin walking and talking on their own. The first time this happened to me, the words and events on the page went totally contrary to what I believed in at that time, but I went along with it. I simply stepped back from what was happening, dis-identified with the characters, and watched the events unfold like a movie on the screen.

Raising kids isn't much different. Just like the Dursleys, parents tend to identify with their kids. They believe that what their kids say and do is a reflection of themselves. Parents react as if their kids were them. For that reason, getting little John or Mary to behave properly requires that parents initiate a self-improvement program where the child's behavior conforms to the parents' attitudes and beliefs.

When we insist that our kids behave in a certain way, when we want them to become us in order to soothe our own contradictory natures, we do everything in our power to make that happen.

Society calls that good parenting.

From the child's point of view, children quickly learn that pleasing mom and dad gets them what they want -- sometimes. Hence, inner conflict and a life filled with struggle, resistance, and anger coaxes their misconceptions to multiply and, like fictional characters, take on a life of their own.

But the mess doesn't happen overnight. In the beginning, these precious little souls are free from the hell of multiple personality disorder. Instead, they radiate light. They haven't been contaminated by the false beliefs, vanity, and goals of their parents, siblings, and teachers. They are a bundle of unconditional love that shines brightly in their sparkling eyes, if you care to take a look.

Yes, they're a bit stained by the false idea that complaining and crying is the way to achieve their goal of total non-disturbance, but their true self is still alive because they haven't been deceived yet by the soul-damning contradictory beliefs of the muggle world. They are still in one piece. They are still integrated.

That was the condition of Harry Potter's inner state when Dumbledore left him on the doorstep of the Dursleys. Having faced Voldemort for the first time, where complaining ignites and grows into a roaring fire, he was just beginning to enter the terrible two's . . .

Why are Harry Potter's Childhood Years Missing?

As chapter two opens, it's been nearly 10 years since Dumbledore left Harry Potter on the Dursley's doorstep. We have no clue what specifically happened during all of that time.

We can assume that Harry's awareness fractured and went to war with itself, just as ours did, but we are not shown how that actually happened.

We have to lift up the veil for ourselves.

Many people refer to the childhood years as a time of glory and splendor, a time for kids to enjoy the freedom from the responsibilities of adulthood. Most of those descriptions are pure fantasy. Harry's childhood wasn't pleasant, and neither was ours.

We just don't remember!

What Do We Know About Harry Potter's Childhood?

Harry's aunt and uncle didn't raise him as if he were one of their own children. Instead, they treated him more like a servant than a son. He was an inconvenience, an embarrassment to the family.
  • They gave him a place to sleep, the cupboard under the stairs.
  • They gave him clothing, his cousin Dudley's hand-me-downs.
  • They fed him, provided he kept his mouth shut and did as he was told.
  • Food was withheld, as well as freedom to come and go, when he did not.
  • He attended public school, but he had no muggle friends and no playmates.

That's about all that we know. 

However, these strange parenting oddities we see in the beginning of Chapter 2 closely resemble how the personality and our instinctive nature treat us today. Somehow, we went from pure light to complete darkness in a decent that we don't remember making. Hence the missing 10 years symbolizes the loss of innocence, the loss of control over our inner state of being.

What Harry went through in his decent is exactly what we went through in our own decent. Likewise, the condition of Harry's attitude, mindset, and contradictory perceptions mirror our own fractured awareness just before we decide to wake up.

We live in a very small dark place within the subconscious mind, what ancient alchemists referred to as the belly because we are so deeply buried within the bull-crap, it can take years to dig ourselves out. We are clothed with a legion of smelly misconceptions, beliefs that we have clung to and merged with instead of casting them out of our kingdom for the worthless crap that they are.

In fact almost everything we believe and think we know is pure fantasy.

The world is an illusion, not because the physical world isn't real, but because our self-image, attitude, beliefs, perceptions, personal rules, and goals we function from today were created by an infant who had no ability to reason. The world is an illusion because our foundational reason for believing and doing what we do, our ultimate value in life, is impossible. It cannot be done on this planet.

Why Can't Voldemort or Harry Potter LIVE While the Other Survives?

Wizarding War Between Harry's and Voldemort's Forces
Harry Potter Stands Up Against Voldemort
Neither Can LIVE While the Other Survives!

One of the hidden secrets within the missing childhood of Harry Potter is that whatever he went through during his first 10 years allowed him to grow. As Chapter 2 opens, Harry Potter is almost 11. This aging is typical of what the true self is able to achieve before stalling in countries outside the U.S. Within the U.S., due to the way we overprotect and control our children here, having a soul that's almost 11 on the morning of the "first" resurrection is extremely rare.

Most of us are closer to 4 or 5.

What that means is that we need a longer growing period in order to reach the level of maturity required before we can actually wake up and stay awake. Hence, some Americans can remain in a "called" condition, rather than a "chosen" one, for many, many years before they have been properly prepared to face themselves.

In Harry Potter's evolution, it takes 2 full books before he's ready to make a choice between serving Voldemort (his conditioning) and serving Dumbledore (the Holy Spirit), so the original Harry Potter book isn't just an introduction to the rest of the series. It contains the essential keys of self-knowledge we need to master before we can see and accept our multiplicity.
  • A house divided against itself will fall.
  • A house cannot have two masters.

We can't serve both God (the Holy Spirit, the Energy of Life, the ONE POWER) and Mammon (our conditioning or Voldemort) at the same time.

Either our conditioning is in charge or we are.

But before we can rise up and take our rightful place on the throne, we have to see, know, and understand what we're dealing with, and the ability to actually SEE what's going on for ourselves is difficult. It's much easier to see the Voldemort in others than it is to see him in ourselves. 

But seeing the monster within is essential to our growth and development, even though seeing ourselves for what we are often takes a few shocks and traumas along the way.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Pulls Back the Veil

The main purpose of the original Harry Potter book is to pull back the veil on Harry's missing childhood -- our childhood -- so we can see what's going on: what got us into the condition we are now in, and especially, what's keeping us in that condition.

While our foundational purpose for living was originally created during a time when we didn't know better, we continue to reconstruct that unreachable goal and reinforce that goal of non-disturbance each and every morning. We can't blame our current condition on our childhood selves. Our childhood self simply shows us what's going on.

What we do with that self-knowledge today is what matters most.