In the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, one of the main characters, Harry, exhibits a great quality, which many, including myself, would surely prosper from. Harry tells his Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, that his biggest fear is not what Lupin thinks, but is actually Dementors, which are dark creatures who feed on human happiness and fill those who they attack with feelings of cold, misery and despair. Lupin surprises Harry because the professor is actually impressed with him, realizing that “’what [Harry] fear[s] most of all is… fear”’ and that this is “’[v]ery wise”’ of him because many people, including Lupin, are more afraid of irrational things than fear itself (155). Professor Lupin tells him this because he knows that a fear of only fear allows Harry to do and see things that many others couldn’t. If Harry was scared of anything like he is of fear, he couldn’t go anywhere close to the lengths he goes to to protect others from horrible dangers. He knows that not doing everything he can to help others because he's afraid is the only thing he should be afraid of. In the previous two books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the main conflicts of the stories are greatly affected by this quality of Harry’s. In both books Harry ends up having to face the man who murdered his parents, Lord Voldemort, in order to save the wizarding world from feeling the dark wizard’s wrath again. Voldemort goes to great lengths to try to return to power because his powers were destroyed the night that he killed Harry’s parents, but Harry’s bravery triumphs and he is able to stop Voldemort both times. He learns to put aside any fears he might have in order to do what needs to be done. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry ends up having to go face Voldemort without his friends, Ron and Hermione. Harry is nervous to go on on his own, and he tells Hermione that he wishes she could go with him because she’s a better wizard than him. Hermione knows that she’s a great wizard, being first in their class, but she realizes that Harry is great in a different way and responds to him, “’Books! And Cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery”’ (287). Hermione knows that because Harry’s able to take on daunting challenges in order to save others and not stop because of a fear of what’s to come, he is truly one of the best wizards that there have been in a long time. People in the real world could immensely benefit from gaining that same quality because they could do more to help others. People could always do what’s best, even if it’s harmful to them, because they wouldn’t ever have to decline a challenge. If everyone could see, as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” the world could become a much better place.