The White Tomb

chapter thirty of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Hogwarts hosts Albus Dumbledore’s funeral, and afterwards Harry breaks up with Ginny, refuses another request for help from Rufus Scrimgeour, and tells Ron and Hermione that he’ll be leaving school next year to hunt Horcruxes – and they tell him that he won’t be doing it alone.

by Mudblood428

With a great rush of affection for both of them, Harry saw Neville being helped into a seat by Luna. Neville and Luna alone of the D.A. had responded to Hermione’s summons the night that Dumbledore had died….


Dumbledore's Funeral, by Marta T

Hagrid was walking slowly up the aisle between the chairs.

(by Marta T)


The White Tomb, by MartinTenbones

White smoke spiraled into the air and made strange shapes: Harry thought, for one heart-stopping moment, that he saw a phoenix fly joyfully into the blue….


Ginny, by reallycorking

Ginny… said, with an oddly twisted smile, “It’s for some stupid, noble reason, isn’t it?”


by Cambryn

With a miserable gesture, Harry got up, turned his back on Ginny and on Dumbledore’s tomb, and walked away.

(by Cambryn)


Rufus Scrimgeour, by Heather Campbell

Rufus Scrimgeour was limping rapidly toward him around the bank, leaning on his walking stick. “I’ve been hoping to have a word… do you mind if I walk a little way with you?”


Rufus, by Wacca

“I see you are -“
“Dumbledore’s man through and through,” said Harry. “That’s right.”
Scrimgeour glared at him for another moment, then turned and limped away without another word.

(by Wacca)


The Trio, by Cambryn

In spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

(by Cambryn)


about the chapter


The Final Word

“I think if you take a step back, in the genre of writing that I’m working in… you usually find that the hero has to go on alone. There comes a point when his support falls away…. Harry is not completely alone, he still has his two faithful sidekicks. This was summarized for me by the person who asked the question, ‘you mean the old wizard always gets it?’ and fundamentally, that is what I was saying…. In these sort of epic sagas, the hero eventually has to fight alone.”–J.K. Rowling, July 2005 & August 2006

18 Responses to “The White Tomb”

  1. can’t wait for book 7

  2. The second time that anyone, in all books, talks about Godric’s Hollow happens in this chapter, the first time was on a talk between Professor’s Dumbledore and McGonagall on book one. So how did Harry learn the name of the place where he and his parents used to live? No one told him in any of the books, and he did’nt get it through ‘A History of Magic’. A small mistake from JKR?

  3. I’ve been slowly reading through this wonderful website for the past few months and I’ve finally reached the last post. I think it’s fitting that it just happened to be the last chapter in the book. I’ve really enjoyed reading, especially the something you may not have noticed sections. It has also introduced me to the world of Harry Potter art. So I would just like to say thank you so much Josie and I’m really looking forward to following the updates as they happen.

  4. My favorite scene in the entire series happens in this chapter. I was in shock from the Astronomy Tower scene onward, but my emotions swelled when I got to the scene with Harry and Ginny. Her response to him, and his feelings for why he is going on alone, made the tears flow like crazy. Just beautifully written. When I first read the books as they came out, I felt the Harry/Ginny ship came out of nowhere. But, when the books are reread as a series altogether, there are very subtle clues to what is to come. I feel that their relationship is very solid and they are both very strong people, and that’s why this scene speaks to me so strongly.

    Josie, what a wonderful site you have created and allow us to visit! I will be so sad when you finish the series and there are no more updates! So go slow…prolong the chapters! I eagerly anticipate them, gobble them up, visit them over and over, and don’t want it to end. This site is a way to experience the books anew..with the artwork and the commentary…it’s just awesome. Thank you.

  5. Jennifer C., I agree with you about Harry/Ginny. I came around and now I really like them, and think they work well together.

    I teared up just reading this quotes and looking at the art. That line, with the phoenix…that Harry Ginny moment, and the one where he turns his back on her and Dumbledore’s tomb…and that very last line.

  6. It’s almost like when the last book came out, and now my kids will never know the anticipation of waiting for the next H.P. book.

    So, yeah, don’t feel like rushing through D.H., Josie.

  7. Congrats on making it to the end of Book 6!

  8. Can’t wait for deathly hallows! Nice job with book 6!

  9. Bring on the Deathly Hallows!

  10. I love that first piece by Mudblood – N/L goodness!!!!! They are my OTP, so I just totally squeed at that.

  11. When things in life are tough, I open one of the books and read a little while and spend a “golden day of peace” with Hermione and Ron (and Harry). To think that this amazing friendship began with a chance encounter with a mountain troll….

  12. Beautiful fan art. Even though I’m so immersed in Harry Potter, it’s things like the HP companion that just make me think, “Wow, I love Harry Potter”.

    Thanks Josie!

  13. @David Kenny, don’t you think the answer to the Godric’s Hollow question might lie in the photograph album that Hagrid gave to Harry right at the beginning? If he could find old friends of James and Lily and talk them into giving Harry their photographs, then out of the goodness of his heart he would have provided those snaps with captions … and “Lily and the baby in the garden at Godric’s Hollow”, or “Godric’s Hollow: Harry asleep with James and the cat” would have given the information … and there would have been no reason for us to overhear Harry talking about it until now, so it wasn’t specifically mentioned. Or he could equally well have asked Sirius or Lupin (who probably gave pages full of photos!).

  14. @Deborah, Lupin might have provided plenty of photographs. Sirius wouldn’t have at the time because he was still in Azkaban. That doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute later, though.

    I like this explanation a lot.

  15. Thanks, JPM! I didn’t make it very clear: I meant that Lupin would have given photos and Harry could have asked Sirius. My mistake. And I made another one: Harry only found out about the family cat when he found Lily’s thank-you note in Grimauld Place. It pains me to delete the cat from what could have been a delightful snap, but it must go!

  16. Happy Halloween!!

  17. I just wanted to say that the final few chapters in this book are beautiful. From when Harry and Dumbledore go to the cave to this chapter. Those are some of my favorite chapters in any book, ever.

  18. This chapter was, in my opinion, one of the most emotional chapters of the book. I remember the morning after the book came out, (I fell asleep during “The House of Gaunt”) finishing the rest of the book, and I just cried during this chapter because it really is “goodbye” to Dumbledore. It always makes me a bit teary eyed to read it now…

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