Deathly Hallows, Chapter Seventeen

We’ve had a big load of new visitors coming in the past few days via StumbleUpon and Mental Floss… so first, a warm welcome to you all!

On one other side note, I’ve been working on updating the home page and the navigation pages of the site, as I’ve always felt the layouts of these pages have been… missing something. None of the content will change, but the design is getting a small-scale makeover, so pardon my dust this week as I get that all sorted out.

As for the chapter. This chapter struck me in a profoundly personal way on this read-through, in a way it never has before. The reason is because the last time I read it through, my son wasn’t born yet. He’s now eighteen months old – just three months older than Harry was the night his parents were killed – and so the Potters’ family, their house, and their lives as we watch Voldemort storm in and kill them are incredibly similar to mine right now. And what really hits home for me is what this *evil* really means. Voldemort is so cold, and calculating, about their deaths; but I try to imagine what it would mean if someone I didn’t know, through no fault of my own, stormed in through my door and did that to my family…. it’s really unthinkable. And yet this is what Voldemort has been doing, over and over again, for years. And for that matter, something that’s happened to us Muggles over and over again throughout history, too.

The human race can be pretty despicable sometimes, no?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter seventeen: ‘Bathilda’s Secret’

~ by Josie on February 23, 2011.

One Response to “Deathly Hallows, Chapter Seventeen”

  1. Hey, my daughter is the same age! It can indeed feel a bit too close to home when you read about these things. Could to know Harry turned out well, even without his parents being around and protecting him.

    Cool site, btw, been following for about a year, I think. Great stuff.

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