0. The Fool

"All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important." - Molly Weasley

Harry Potter Tarot - The Fool
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The Fool is the first card in the Major Arcana, which altogether symbolizes a journey through the events and milestones of life. The Fool is both daring and innocent as he takes the first step into the wide world. This card contains the raw potential and spontaneity that comes at the start of a long and wonderous adventure.

Harry Potter, the hero of our story, takes his journey into a new world of magic. He will face many adventures and challenges, and emerge with a wiser and more mature view of the world. In the traditional image of the Rider-Waite deck, the Fool is about to step over the edge of a cliff and into the unknown. Here, Harry is stepping onto the Hogwarts Express, the threshold that will bring him to his new life as a blossoming wizard-in-training.

Art notes:
The Fool carries a sachel on his shoulder, representing potential, much like the luggage Harry carries with him. Most traditional tarot decks present an animal, often a dog, with the Fool, a loyal companion for his journey but also trying to warn him of the risks in stepping blindly. This is represented by Hedwig who flaps from the cage that has fallen open, reflecting the spirit of freedom but perhaps also saying, "look back, you're being careless!"

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