Memories (Harry Potter)


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1. The Balcony

Harry sat alone on the dark balcony; the only light was that emitting from the tip of his wand that was clenched tightly in his right hand. On the table in front of him lay ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ open on the page entitled ‘The Three Brothers’. Harry’s green eyes moved slowly down the page. When he finished the story, he did not continue to the next story in the book, but he took a piece of neatly folded parchment from his pocket and carefully unfolded it. It was a letter but he didn’t read the entire letter, but instead stared at his godfather’s signature. As he did so, he remembered the first time he had met Sirius and remembered watching Bellatrix kill him. He heard footsteps and quickly re-folded the parchment and replaced it in his pocket as the glass door behind him opened. He turned to see Ginny stood behind him. “What’s up, Harry?” she whispered in her usual soft and gentle voice.

“Nothing.” He muttered in reply. “Nox.” He whispered. The light was extinguished. “Expecto Patronum.” He said and a silver stag erupted from the tip of his wand and galloped around the black sky. “There’s only one reason you ever do that other than to send messages now that the dementors are gone.” She said as she watched the stag disappear into the blackness. There was silence between them for a moment. “I can’t help it sometimes.” He said.

“Look,” said Ginny, “If you had just gone and fought him, you probably wouldn’t be here, nor would I or Ron or Hermione and you kn- Voldemort would have returned because there would still be horcruxes. And it wouldn’t have made a difference. Sirius, Remus, Tonks, all of them would be dead anyway. It wasn’t your fault.” Harry had heard her say this so many times when he had been thinking of them.

            Ginny stood up and opened the door, returning a minute later, holding a deep red leather book. Harry recognized it immediately as the photo album Hagrid had given him at the end of his first year of Hogwarts. “I added a few more photos.” She said as she handed him the book. Harry opened it. On the first page was one of the two photos Hagrid had added. It was a photo of him and his parents. He turned the page to see himself with Ron and Hermione in their first year. As he looked at each photo, tears began to roll down his cheeks. Ginny put her arm around him and he rested his head on her shoulder and continued to look through the photos. There were pictures of everyone he had ever cared about. As he got to the end there was a photo of Snape, followed by a photo of him with everyone he cared about, There was Sirius, Tonks, Lupin, everyone altogether, everyone apart from Snape, who he had hated right up until he had died. The only reason he now cared about him was because he had seen his memories after he died.

The tears continued to roll down his cheeks as he and Ginny sat together on the balcony.

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