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Posted by: Melissa
August 25, 2010, 09:45 AM

We don't often do this on Leaky, but today, we have to take a moment to inform and comfort each other. Some of you may remember Esther Earl, in whose name many of you voted for the HP Alliance in the Chase Community Challenge (see this video for more). A 16-year-old girl with boundless courage and a thirst for life, love and friendship, Esther (whose name means "star") was a bright light who reminded us all how important it is to connect with one another while we are able.

She had cancer, though she would be the first to tell you this was not the most defining fact of her life. Especially in the past year, Esther became an inspiration to thousands of Harry Potter fans. She encouraged everyone to be their best selves, and to pronounce feelings of love openly and loudly, while you had the chance.

Early this morning, Esther Earl, a true Gryffindor, passed away. She was a dear friend to Leaky and will be missed greatly.

Her family says: "We are convinced she is more truly alive than ever, but still our hearts are breaking."

We know she is on her next great adventure, but also know this is difficult for those who are not. We wanted to let you know, and to offer a place for Harry fans to say something in her memory. We know it's difficult to know what to say or do when this kind of tragedy strikes; we know the goodness in all of you will mean you want to take action, do something to comfort her friends and family. The best thing to do, today, is to send up a thought, a wish, a prayer, for those who are hurting, to the community she so touched, to her friends and family as they work through their grief. Then, live your life as fully and as joyfully as Esther did.

In the future we will have more information about ways in which we are actively honoring her. You can visit her family's web site for more about the upcoming memorial services or just to send a note of support.

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119 Comments

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41 Points

that’s very sad. best of wishes to her family

Posted by ale-expectopatronum on August 25, 2010, 10:09 AM report to moderator
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How very sad. she sounded like a very inspiring and positive young woman. im sure she will be truly missed. ill say a prayer for her family.

Posted by geminidreamatl29 on August 25, 2010, 10:11 AM report to moderator
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Rest in peace, Esther, you will be greatly missed! :(

Posted by Bookworm_Girl on August 25, 2010, 10:33 AM report to moderator
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Esther.. you were an amazing friend.. I love you and I’ll miss you so much and my thoughts and prayers are with your family <3

Posted by ericaeeks on August 25, 2010, 10:37 AM report to moderator
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Blessings and peace to Esther and her family.

Posted by Figment on August 25, 2010, 10:40 AM report to moderator
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The true tragedy would be to miss the opportunity to be touched by Esther’s message- to love one another unashamedly and unabashedly. Esther was a true example of what it means to be awesome. While her passing is sad, her life is one to be celebrated for years to come.

Posted by NDduLac [Dodo] on August 25, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
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277 Points

Terribly sad, best wishes to her family.

Posted by Potions_TA on August 25, 2010, 10:47 AM report to moderator
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Esther was so nice. Prayers out to her family. Now she can watch Deathly hallows way before any of us in heaven.

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on August 25, 2010, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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That was beautiful, Melissa.

I didn’t actually know Esther myself, but I can tell from the things I’ve been reading all day just how much she meant to so many people. My heart goes out to her family and friends and I hope that they can take some small comfort from knowing she is finally at peace.

Esther, may you rest in peace and be remembered with love.

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on August 25, 2010, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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Esther Earl, she was an incredible person. She taught me so much; it’s hard to believe it. Rest in peace, Esther.

Posted by Moony. on August 25, 2010, 10:53 AM report to moderator
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Goodbye Esther, here’s to your next great adventure, you and your family are in the thoughts of everyone here at Leaky

Posted by KiwiMcI on August 25, 2010, 10:58 AM report to moderator
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How I envy you, Esther. You get to leave this place knowing that what you did truly make a difference. At the age of 16 you achieved what many people don’t their whole lifes.

I must confess that I didn’t know about you until today. But the brief glimpse of you I got from that YouTube video and all the messages people are posting all over the web tells me you were quite the character. You were inspiring, had a great sense of humor and had an awesome hair.

It’s too bad your journey with us had to be so short, but what you left to all the HP fans will linger until we get to finish our own.

Thank you. Have fun on your next great adventure.

Posted by Thio on August 25, 2010, 10:58 AM report to moderator
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I knew of Esther, even though I didn’t know her, I remember her webcam appearance as the HPA accepted the cheque at Infinitus, and she was so astounded and happy, and sobbed with joy along with most of us there.
I’m so sorry for all her family and friends, she seemed like an amazing person :(

Posted by palantiriel on August 25, 2010, 10:59 AM report to moderator
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My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace to Esther’s family! Losing a child is the most difficult thing to live thru. The more Awesome a person the greater the feelings of loss.

Posted by potterversefan on August 25, 2010, 10:59 AM report to moderator
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<3

Posted by Lysh on August 25, 2010, 11:01 AM report to moderator
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