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Esther Earl

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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2635 Points

The brightest lights are extinguished far too early.

Posted by beallgood01 *WBM* on August 26, 2010, 11:36 AM report to moderator
12348 Points

Ester will be greatly missed. She is such a sweet girl. I was so touched when she spoke to so many people at Infinitus when the HPA received the check. Ester is truly full of awesomeness and RIA (Rest in Awesome) Ester. :(

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on August 26, 2010, 12:42 PM report to moderator
264 Points

Esther was one of those people that I felt like I knew, even though I didn’t. I send love – so much love – to her family.

We will always remember Esther. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Scylla on August 26, 2010, 01:13 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Esther thank you for all you did! RIP!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on August 26, 2010, 05:30 PM report to moderator
2829 Points

I hadn’t heard much about Esther due to my lack of activity recently, but she sounds like a marvelous person. :( Thank you Esther.

Posted by Kiralay (ROAR) on August 27, 2010, 01:41 AM report to moderator
2422 Points

I didn’t know about Esther till i read this but she mut have been an amazing person. You may rest in peace young witch.

Posted by Mr. Brightside on August 27, 2010, 03:15 AM report to moderator
56 Points

May you rest in peace, Esther.
Best wishes to her family and friends.

Posted by Pigwidgeon on August 27, 2010, 01:36 PM report to moderator
56 Points

May you rest in peace, Esther.
Best wishes to her family and friends.

Posted by Pigwidgeon on August 27, 2010, 01:36 PM report to moderator
56 Points

May you rest in peace, Esther.
Best wishes to her family and friends.

Posted by Pigwidgeon on August 27, 2010, 01:37 PM report to moderator
908 Points

I only knew Esther for a short time, but I was blown away immediately by her huge spirit. It’s such an enormous loss to the world, having her gone. We know you’re on your next great adventure, and yet already we miss you. Rest in Awesome. As long as we’re alive your star won’t ever go out.

Posted by eruanna317 on August 28, 2010, 02:19 AM report to moderator
16832 Points

Goodbye Ester, rest in peace. You have taught me a lot and I will never forget you.

Posted by gingersnape on August 29, 2010, 08:51 AM report to moderator
47 Points

Peace be with Esther, Her legacy will live on, in the hearts of all of those who help create and join The Harry Potter Fandom

Posted by Cho Chang on August 29, 2010, 09:39 AM report to moderator
95 Points

Rest in awesome Esther. <3

Posted by literarynerd on August 29, 2010, 12:51 PM report to moderator
4180 Points

I never knew of her until today, which sucks because she sounds wonderful! <3 Best wishes to the family, my prayers are with them.

Posted by Delilah [ROAR] on August 30, 2010, 12:13 AM report to moderator
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