The photo is probably my favorite quote of the entire series. The graphic is pretty great too. I wanted to take away from the movie since my blogs have had several stills from the movies. I will go further with the quote within the blog.
I am going to try and answer some of the proposed questions I brought up from the last review after thinking about them. As always, feel free to write your own answers and thoughts to these questions.
1. Why does Harry not tell Hermione and Ron of his plan but he stops to talk to Neville?
He knows he would not be able to walk into the forest to meet Voldemort if he speaks with them, but he lets Neville in on the snake just in case Hermione and Ron die.
2. Why was it only those four that came out for Harry?
Those are the ones that Harry had cared for the most, the true Marauders. Plus Dumbledore gets his debut this chapter.
3. Why didn’t Harry try and defend himself?
He must be willing to die, and he doesn’t want to be tempted to prevent it.
The Penultimate chapter! (excluding the epilogue). I love this chapter. I have written just about ever single quote from this chapter in the quotes chapter, and could easily have just have written “Chapter 35, all of it!”
Harry wakes up…somewhere. He realizes that he is perfectly alone, naked, and standing on ground because there needs to be ground. Slowly, the environment around him begins to take shape, but not before he hears a cry from another being. At this moment, Harry feels shame, and aware of his nakedness. It reminded me of the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Once Sin is introduced, they feel shame. Voldemort is a snake, more or less, and fits the analogy of taking the role of Satan in this instance. He hears the discarded being cry, and once he is robed, hears another voice, one belonging to Albus Dumbledore.
Dumbledore beams at Harry, and calls him brave, and asks Harry to walk with him. They walk to a bench, and start to discuss. Harry asks about where he is, and why he is here, which Dumbledore says that he is unsure, but this is Harry’s “party” so it can be whatever he wants to be. Shortly, he recognizes this to be Kings Cross, but cleaner and emptier. Just them and the crying being far away. Dumbledore explains about how when he was a kid, how selfish he was, and how he feels guilt for the death of his sister. He shares his own journey for the Hallows, but realizes how he would never be able to possess them, and unify them, even though he had all the Hallows at one point. Dumbledore also admits that once he defeat Grindlewald, he became owner of the Elder Wand, and it was supposed to succeed to Snape, but that is not how it worked out. This is a teaser that it isn’t Snape’s wand that is the Elder Wand, but someone else’s, Draco’s. Dumbledore also reveals that Harry is the last Horcrux, the seventh, one that was unintentionally made.
Dumbledore also reveals, and helps Harry work out that Voldemort is alive because of Lily’s protection, and the protection runs in Voldemort’s veins, and it is this that is keeping both Voldemort and Harry alive. Harry can go back.
Dumbledore admits that he didn’t make it easy for Harry to get to the Hallows, they he relied on Hermione to slow Harry down if he found out about them so that when the time came, Harry would be able to truly unify them. To understand that there are things worse than death. That death is the next great adventure. Harry, because of his acceptance of death, made him master of the Hallows, Master of Death. Dumbledore advises Harry to pity the living that do not know love, like Voldemort. Harry then asks if he can go back, which Dumbledore replies that Harry can, he has a choice. Harry asked what would happen if he didn’t, and Dumbledore responds that in this world, a train would come and take Harry “on.” Knowing that he has to finally stop Voldemort, Harry decides it would be best to go back.
Before he leaves, he asks if this was all in his head, this whole transaction. Dumbledore responds, “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
I love this line. For several reasons. This is the next great adventure, that this is all real for Harry. He controlled the environment, and became aware that he is the unintended seventh Horcrux, and they crying being is the part of Voldemort inside of him that is dying. Another way to look at this is the book series itself. Yes, it is fiction, but it is a fantastic story with amazing and insightful words of wisdom that can be applied to real life. Harry Potter Alliance is prime example of this in our world. Even though the book is fiction, it can be real to us. Another way I look at it is my passion for the Harry/Hermione ship. I know that it isn’t canon, and in my head it makes perfect sense, and that it can still be real, even if I examine it in my own life, when it comes to finding the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. These are just a few examples.
Please comment and respond on what this quote means to you!
Questions to Ponder
1. Why does Harry appear naked in this “limbo” place?
2. Why is Harry able to master the Hallows?
3. What does Dumbledore mean that this was in Harry’s head, but also real?
4. Is there symbolism for the location being Kings Cross?