As the inscription reads on the Mirror of Erised, "Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi". Which reflected back into the mirror would read, "I show not your face but your hearts desire".
In the Sorcerer's Stone when Harry steps in front of the famed mirror, his desire for his parents is shown. After following in Potter's footsteps to the same place, Ron exclaims his dreams of breaking out from the Weasley pack. And, what we know of Dumbledore's desire is that he wanted socks. It's unclear to know what other characters would have imagined. Hermione Granger - to be accepted among her classmates, or for her parents to be magical perhaps? Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter? Neville Longbottom - perhaps the ability to be a little less clumsy?
What would we see if we individually stepped before the Mirror of Erised and was shown our heart's desires?
It's a negative aspect that we can't actually step in front of a magical mirror to know all that we wish for, but sometimes we can be our own mirrors. If we look inside ourselves and ask what we want, our dreams and goals might become clearer before our eyes - almost as clear as we would witness them them reflected in a mirror.
For myself, I desire quite a many things. I'm not sure all of the visions of my desires would fit into the Mirror of Erised! But, if I were to condense it down, I think my deepest and most passionate dream would be to make a life worthy having lived; not living too cautiously I might as not have lived at all. I'm not sure I could put a finger on how it would be reflected in a specific vision, but boy would that be a treat!
As Dumbledore instructs Harry, it is not a good idea to dwell into an imaginary world and forget about reality. Since we are muggles who have to do everything manually, there are plenty of ways we can make sure we don't lose ourselves in our dreams but try to make them come true:
- Start a daily planner or journal to keep track of your goals
- Branch out and ask for support if you don't think your goal can be done on your own (saving up money for a trip, moving someplace new)
- Try something new if you're tired of the same routines; introduce yourself to classmates you haven't talk to before, go to a new restaurant or hang-out in your city
- Dream new dreams, so that your life is always filled with new desires and the challenges you face brings into your life excitement and adventure
If you were to step in front of the Mirror of Erised, what would you desire?