Fantastical Beasts

This weekend I went to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald with my daughter and husband. I freely admit to being a Harry Potter fan and was eager to share this experience with them. The trailer says, “Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and has begun gathering followers to his cause of elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander.”

What a statement of our interconnectedness! In our work, I can see Grindelwald as a person having low expectations for students who struggle to learn the same content as peers or who have limited ways to communicate what they know. Dumbledore is the supportive person who looks at the strengths of others, even if that person is a bit misled. Scamander is the one who can and did break through the barriers and go on to demonstrate his value to a society that sees him differently. The shows of strength were spectacular. Each of us can be imprisoned when another person wants to stop our contribution to society. Each of us can be supported by both friend and foe. The way support shows up is dependent on one’s reaction and resolution to either giving or getting the support.

So having said that, we as a group, are our best support system. Even if we disagree, have a different perspective, we can all see the merit of high expectations. This system of support is what works. I can do more work with another person than I can alone and I can succeed in unexpected ways when presented with options I have not considered.

Aren’t we all Fantastical Beasts?
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Thursday, 13 December 2018

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