After the Last Battle

After the battle ends, all the characters are going through the aftershock differently. Read to find out. ;D

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6. Dead?

 

"No!" Ginny shrieked. Hermione broke into sobs. I stared at Harry's lifeless body. 

"He can't be dead!" McGonogall said stubbornly. Slughorn checked Harry's pulse. 

"Almost." Slughorn whispered. 

"Almost what?" Hermione asked quietly. 

"He is not quite dead, but he is almost dead." Slughorn explained.

"So how do we help him?" I demanded. Slughorn paused. 

"Hope for the best." He said.

"What?" Hermione said. "There's NOTHING we can do? Nothing?" Slughorn shook his head. 

"No magic is powerful to bring back the dead. Harry is in a state where it's similar to sleeping, but he's on the brink of death." Slughorn said. 

"Portas Mortis." Hermione said. 

"Porta what?" Ginny asked. 

"Portas Mortis is a state only witches and wizards can access, and no one can guess if they live or die, or do anything about it." Hermione said. "Nothing. If we were to poison Harry right now, the poison would have no reaction."

"When someone is put in Portas Mortis, they have 2 hours to determine if they live. If they wake up in the next two hours, they live. If they don't, they die." McGonogall added. 

"So now what?" I asked. 

"Now," Hermione said firmly, not taking her eyes full of sunken tears off Harry's motionless body. "We wait." 

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The next two hours went past in a blur. I cant remember everything, but I remember that we all stood by Harry's bed for a bit... then, I think I left. I wandered down to the great hall, then back up where I waited the rest. I don't remember if we talked at all. Then, at 4:00 in the morning, we all gathered round his bed. 

"C'mon Harry..." Ginny said quietly. 

Live

Live 

Live 

Live 

Live 

But then, Slughorn felt his pulse, and looked at us. 

"He's dead."

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