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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #11


This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

*** Attention: If You haven’t read the books, Ignore this week’s post as it contains a major spoiler!***

This Week’s Theme: If there was one thing you could change about Harry Potter, what would it be?

I understand why Rowling wrote everything the way she did, and changing one moment or part of the book would probably change the way everyone feels about it, or the impact it had. However, if I could alter one thing it would have to be this moment from Deathly Hallows: Battle of Hogwarts (chapter), page 511:

“Hello Minister!” bellowed Percy, sending a neat jinx straight at Thicknesse, who dropped his wand, and clawed at the front of his robes, apparently in awful discomfort. “Did I mention I’m resigning?”

“You’re joking Perce!” shouted Fred, as the Death Eater he was battling collapsed under the weight of three separate Stunning Spells. Thicknesse had fallen to the ground with tiny spikes erupting all over him; he seemed to be turning into some kind of sea urchin. Fred looked at Percy with glee.

“You are actually are joking… I don’t think I have heard you joke since you were–”

The air exploded. They had been grouped together, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred and Percy, the two Death Eaters at their feet, one stunned, the other transfigured: in that fragment of a moment, when danger seemed temporarily at bay, the world was rent apart. Harry felt himself flying through the air and all he could do was hand on a tightly as he could to that thin stick of wood that was his one and only weapon, and shield his head in his arms: he heard the screams and yells of his companions without a hope of knowing what had happened to them–

And then the world resolved itself into pain and semi-darkness: He was half buried in the wreckage of a corridor that had been subjected to a terrible attack. Cold air told him that the side of the castle had been blown away, and hot stickiness on his cheek told him that he was bleeding copiously. Then he heard a terrible cry that pulled at his insides, that expressed agony of a kind neither flame nor curse could cause, and he stood up, swaying, more frightened than he had been that day, more frightened, perhaps, than he had been in his life…

And Hermione was struggling to her feet in the wreckage, and three redheaded men were grouped on the ground where the wall had blasted apart. Harry grabbed Hermione’s hand as they staggered and stumbled over stone and wood.

“No no no!” someone was shouting. “No! Fred! No!” And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred’s eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.

Fred's Death

For me, this was the most heartbreaking (and, in my opinion, unnecessary) death of the whole series. It’s designed to punch you in the gut and tear out your heart, and make you lose hope. It’s that last part that makes me think that’s why she did it. You become more aware than ever that everyone is mortal, even Harry and his closest friends. But even though I get it, I still don’t like it. I think Rowling had already made this point so many times throughout the series, and it’s punctuated again when they see Lavender get attacked moments later, not to mention when they discover Lupin and Tonks. I just felt like Fred’s death was not worth the heartache it causes. An injury would have sufficed, if it had to happen at all. So that’s what I would change.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you might change if you could in the comments below!

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