Deathly Hallows, Chapter Twenty-Eight

Of all the characters in the Harry Potter novels, Aberforth Dumbledore might just be the most tragic. We had some sense of this before book seven even came out: he obviously lived in the shadow of his brother, after all, and his profession is the barman at the pub notorious for being dingy, dirty, and a haven for the downtrodden. And most people assumed we’d be seeing more of him at some point. But when he tells Harry his story, it couldn’t be clearer that the moment that today is sending Rita Skeeter and her readers atwitter with scandal is far more importantly the moment that ruined Aberforth’s life.

Rowling said in an interview a few years back: “We all repeat the lie again and again: that time cures everything. And it’s not true. There are things that aren’t cured, such as when someone you love dies.” Aberforth wasn’t the first wizard to feel that, and he won’t be the last, even this very night. But stories like his are what brings home the reality of Harry’s world, and remember that wizards aren’t so different from we Muggles as we sometimes like to think.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter twenty-eight: ‘The Missing Mirror’

~ by Josie on May 10, 2011.

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