Expecto Patronum is the new book from award-winning author Matt Atkinson, whose previous works are the gold standard in trauma work, used around the world in treatment centers, rape counseling programs, universities, and therapists' offices
Harry Potter is an abused child. But he learns to overcome his past, face Dementors, banish Boggarts, purge himself of the remnant of traumas he has carried inside, and form new relationships.
The Harry Potter books are not just fantasy tales for young readers. They are treasured by readers of all ages because they are "wisdom parables" that resonate with our yearning to belong, to be loved, to overcome our losses, and to find strength in the bonds we form with others. Readers of all ages connect with these parables because J.K. Rowling's books are honest about what it means to be hurt by others, and how we can learn to heal again.
The Harry Potter books have special meaning for readers who are also survivors of abuse, rape, loss, and other traumas. While these are not easy topics to explore, the Harry Potter series gives us metaphors, new words, and deep ideas that can help us understand why our past traumas still affect us, and what it takes to heal from them. Expecto Patronum shows you that Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dobby, and other beloved characters are not just fantastic heroes, but your kindred spirits as a survivor!
In fact, I believe that nobody can understand the Harry Potter stories with as much depth as someone who has been through trauma themselves. It is the struggle to heal from a painful past that most strongly connects you to Harry's own personal journey, and Expecto Patronum will show you how to follow in Harry's steps as you heal.
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