8. Strength

"The Patronus is a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon - hope, happiness, the desire to survive - but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can't hurt it." - Remus Lupin

Harry Potter Tarot - Strength
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Despite its title, this card does not necessarily mean superhuman feats or bulging muscles. Strength here is not showy or flashy--it is a quiet inner strength that provides support through hard times. This card contains patience, composure, and compassion. It serves as a reminder not to despair or give up.

As Professor Lupin points out, the positive magic of a Patronus certainly matches the properties of Strength. However, as a part of Harry's life "journey", it serves a part even bigger than a simple protective totem. Through his repeated training to summon his Patronus, Harry learns to face and overcome his deepest fears, something not even many experienced wizards can accomplish.

Art notes:
Traditional imagery for this card depicts a woman taming a lion, symbolizing inner strength overcoming the wild, bestial instincts. Naturally, here Harry is seen "taming" the true form of his Patronus.

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