Monday, June 27, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Sacred Words

After the list of quotes of wisdom from Dumbledore, we bring you a recap of two memorable and touching scenes from the Harry Potter series this week in commemoration of the Year of Harry Potter, an epic of love and bravery.

 Friendly warning: Spoilers ahead! Read on only if you have finished all seven books.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Phoenix Lament

Harry felt Ginny move beside him and looked at her. Her slightly narrowed eyes were fixed upon Fleur, who was gazing down at Bill with a frozen expression on her face.

'Dumbledore gone,' whispered Mr Weasley, but Mrs Weasley had eyes only for her eldest son; she began to sob, tears falling on to Bill's mutilated face.

'Of course, it doesn't matter how he looks ... it's not r - really important ... but he was a very handsome little b - boy ... always very handsome ... and he was g - going to be married!'
'And what do you mean by zat?' said Fleur suddenly and loudly. 'What do you mean, 'e was going to be married?'
Mrs Weasley raised her tear-stained face, looking startled.

'Well - only that -'
'You theenk Bill will not wish to marry me any more?' demanded Fleur. 'You theenk, because of zees bites, he vill not love me?'
'No, that's not what I -'
 'Because 'e will!' said Fleur, drawing herself up to her full height and throwing back her long mane of silver hair. 'It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!'
'Well, yes, I'm sure,' said Mrs Weasley, 'but I thought perhaps - given how - how he -'
'You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps, you 'oped?' said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. 'What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat!' she added fiercely, pushing Mrs Weasley aside and snatching the ointment from her.

Mrs Weasley fell back against her husband and watched Fleur mopping up Bill's wounds with a most curious expression upon her face. Nobody said anything; Harry did not dare move. Like everybody else, he was waiting for the explosion.

'Our Great Aunt Muriel,' said Mrs Weasley after a long pause, 'has a very beautiful tiara - goblin-made - which I am sure I could persuade her to lend you for the wedding. She is very fond of Bill, you know, and it would look lovely with your hair.'

;Thank you,' said Fleur stiffly. 'I am sure zat will be lovely.'

And then - Harry did not quite see how it happened - both women were crying and hugging each other. Completely bewildered, wondering whether the world had gone mad, he turned round: Ron looked as stunned as Harry felt and Ginny and Hermione were exchanging startled looks.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Prince's Tale

Shouted Snape, 'Expecto patronum!'

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office door, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

'After all this time?'

'Always,' said Snape.

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