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Leaky's Daily Quotedown to Deathly Hallows: 16 Days

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Posted by: Edward
November 03, 2010, 03:00 AM

There are now only 16 days left until "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" hits theaters!  We are posting a quote from the first half of the book every day in celebration and to give us a chance to discuss and ponder the final book as it goes to film. Here is today's quote!

He was about to go home, about to return to the place where he had had a family. It was in Godric's Hollow that, but for Voldemort, he would have grown up and spent every school holiday. He could have invited friends to his house. . . . He might even have had brothers and sisters. . . . It would have been his mother who had made his seventeenth birthday cake. The life he had lost had hardly ever seemed so real to him as at this moment, when he knew he was about to see the place where it had been taken from him.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, "Godric's Hollow"

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2234 Points

In the paragraph there you really understand and comprehend what people say about Voldemort destroying families and tearing lives apart. I think about this chapter all the time about Harry not going to Weasleys and having Ron and Hermione at his house instead. I think about Lily making Harry’s birthday cake with all his friends and family around him. J.k Rowling completes this paragraph perfectly by saying “hardly ever seemed so real to him” because Harry had never really thought about a different life that didn’t include Voldemort. Harry seems so young in this chapter and it really is quite sad the sacriffice the Potters and so many others made to make the world a better place.

Posted by maddison R-O-A-R on November 03, 2010, 03:13 AM report to moderator
73 Points

The paragraph about Harry having lived in Godric’s Hollow seem to be a bit disconnected, because JK Rowling has saved up this piece of information for the last book to give it maximum emotional impact. Previously it was written that James and Lily had been placed in a safe location to hide them from Voldemort, and JK Rowling never suggested that it was their permanent home.

Posted by minerva-rules-uk on November 03, 2010, 05:01 AM report to moderator
788 Points

I actually cried (really.)when I read this right now. Thank you. I didn’t notice it in the book.

Posted by radishraven...WBM on November 03, 2010, 05:19 AM report to moderator
446 Points

i am alway thinking about this.
How everything that went bad during harry’s years at hogwarts came back to Voldemort. Everything like Lupin being a werewolf for example also if Lupin wasnt a werewolf pettigrew wouldn’t have escaped but but there would have been no reason to catch him if there wasnt Voldemort. Also Sirius would of been in askaban, Harry would of had a family. But then maybe he wouldnt have met ron or became friends with Hermione because there would have been no troll in their first year. Oh and maybe Malfoy wouldnt have been some mean to harry ron and hermione because his dad wouldnt be a death eater. See what i mean every little thing revolves around voldemort.

15 days in counting

Posted by thundermountain7*Roar* on November 03, 2010, 05:52 AM report to moderator
606 Points

So poignant…

Posted by Dawna on November 03, 2010, 06:33 AM report to moderator
230 Points

This paragraph is so deep and truly an amazing piece of writing. Poor Harry.

Posted by JK.jr. on November 03, 2010, 06:42 AM report to moderator
80 Points

As the trio grew up, so did JK Rowling’s writing to express their maturing emotions and regrets for what might have been. For Harry to smell the air, feel the crunch of snow and gravel under his feet, to be able to touch the gatepost that existed when his family was whole and happy is one of the most powerful moments in the book, IMO.

Posted by tealover on November 03, 2010, 08:38 AM report to moderator
5008 Points

AWESOME Paragraph indeed, My heart went out to Harry here!!! So well written, tis indeed a shame that Harry never had to opportunity to grow up in Godric’s Hollow with his parents!!! Of course if that had happened then Harry would not have become known as the Boy who Lived with the Lightening Bolt Scar on his forhead!!!

Posted by Mistic Willow on November 03, 2010, 08:41 AM report to moderator
2844 Points

I have always loved this quote because we really start to see “everything” that Harry, and others, have had to sacrifice. We all know the adventures he’s been on and impending doom for some time now, but something as simple as never having his mother make his birthday cake can bring this home. I’m impressed even more that, afterwards, he doesn’t dwell on the sadness of it. He uses it to strenghen his resolve when he finds out what he needs to do in order to actually finish off Voldemort. He allowed himself to cry at their grave, but he has become much stronger in the last few years than most realize. Would we have made the same choices if we were in his position? It’s unlikely.

Posted by ~*Prof.*Rose*Weasley*~{ROAR!!!} on November 03, 2010, 09:50 AM report to moderator
408 Points

Ugh, this is so sad I wanna cry.

Posted by CastleQueen205 on November 03, 2010, 11:43 AM report to moderator
281 Points

This is an amazing passage. It does bring home the what ifs and just how hard a life Harry had. I’m rereading the books and just started Sorcerer’s Stone. I am, even after this being the 7th time to read them finding things that I didn’t notice before or didn’t impact me like they do this time. These two movies will be epic!

Posted by Phylis {ROAR} on November 03, 2010, 12:07 PM report to moderator
4366 Points

@minerva-rules-uk That’s an interesting comment :-?
There really are some things that are a bit stretched so that they can be announced in DH for the effect… But it does not affect the overall greatness of the books :)

Posted by devilskinn on November 03, 2010, 12:16 PM report to moderator
197 Points

This is a very very sad and beautiful paragraph. “The life he had lost had hardly ever seemed so real to him”- that’s beautiful line. JK Rowling sketches the life Harry could have had in such a wonderful way that the reader for a moment imagines what it would have been like for Harry to have that kind of a life.

Posted by hermione198k on November 03, 2010, 12:29 PM report to moderator
186 Points

This is an amazing paragraph, and so well written, as usual. However, it also infuriated me that after several years in the wizarding world, he had never asked to go home before. I mean, it’s about time.

Posted by Storeyann (ROAR) on November 03, 2010, 01:33 PM report to moderator
566 Points

I still remember my feelings as I read this the first time. Ron was gone and it all felt quite hopeless. It was like Frodo and Sam in Mordor or Lyra and Will leaving their daemons as they cross the land of the dead.
It is these moments that make me long for stories of their lives after Voldemort is defeated.
Harry’s life journey up to Hogwarts is pain and abuse only to be improved to life threatening after he arrives. The great difference being love in the form of friends and ultimately Ginny. As I’ve re-read the books I am particularly touched by Molly Weasley and how she consistently, truly, treats, and loves, Harry as a son.
It is so impressive how JKR manages to reveal these characters journey as they age from eleven to seventeen. In so many stories the characters are fixed at one age. Does anyone else remember a stubborn feeling that you knew better then your elders when in reality our life experiences were just getting started – and no one was trying to kill us at the time! I had to make my own mistakes and JKR shows us the journey for these characters brilliantly.
… ah … rambling, better stop now;-D

Posted by 2tal - SpiritMagic174 on November 03, 2010, 02:30 PM report to moderator
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