Parallel worlds: The commonality of Harry Potter and the deaf community by Nyle DiMarco

(image via YouTube (c) Nyle DiMarco)

 

Being an outsider comes with a wealth of positives and a whole lot of negatives; pretty much like anything in life really.

But as model, actor and Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco explains in this charmingly informative video, sometimes the latter can heavily outweigh the former, and you long for somewhere you can call home.

The home many Deaf people of a certain age have found, at least in their imaginations, is in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, which have as one of their main themes what it is like to be an outsider, and what a tremendous gift it is when you encounter people just like you and truly belong, sometimes for the first time in your life.

The video, which lists five main correlations between the wizard children in Harry Potter and people in the Deaf community, is beautifully insightful, heartfelt and DiMarco’s grin is damn near infectious as he describes how much these books mean to the Deaf community and how important belonging is in a world that too often excludes you.

 

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