Spolier alert

By Aubree Bailey
On October 5, 2017

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

I have decided to transfer schools. Instead of attending ASU, I now want to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This summer, I read the Harry Potter books start to finish for the very first time. My friends had always urged me to read them; I’m something of a bookworm, and they were certain I’d enjoy them. Yet I hadn’t picked them up until now at 19. I was not emotionally prepared.
I thought I’d be taking a nice break from the complex novels and poetry I delve into every semester as an English major. I could cruise through this children’s series without much investment. Oh, how wrong was I.
Of course, in the first book I became attached to all of the favorites- the unassuming orphan Harry, the loveable Ron, the intelligent Hermione, Hagrid- who I see as a giant teddy bear, among others. Then, as the books progressed and adventure continued, I became even more attached to characters like Dobby, the Weasley family, and Sirius Black, who weren’t in every chapter, yet played such vital roles.
Neville, in particular, began to find a special place in my heart, as he struggled to cope with the tragedy of his parents and find his place in the wizarding world.
Dobby’s love of crazy socks and hats tugged on my heart strings, as did his devotion to Harry.
And Sirius’ love and acceptance of Harry as his godson positively brought me to tears.
I also became so fond of Dumbledore, a powerful yet wise presence.
Yet then Sirius dies. I was distraught. How could J. K. Rowling do this to me, to us, to Harry? Surely this is her “big kill” of the series; no one else this beloved will die.
I was wrong.
The next big hit for me came when Dobby died. Dobby, who believed in Harry and served him in whatever way he could. Dobby, who saved Harry’s life multiple times.
We can’t forget to mention the death of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore- the bearded, bespectacled father figure to Harry. I was angrier at his death than I was at Sirius’. Dumbledore was supposed to help Harry find all the horcruxes; he was supposed to survive another war.
As heartbroken as I was, I came to find peace about these character’s sacrifices as the series concluded. None of these characters died unwillingly, and none of them died without the love of many of their companions. I find a specific quote of Dumbledore’s especially comforting when I dwell not only on the death of these characters, but as I think about loss in general: “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

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