Harry Potter Off Camera: Year 7

There’s lots going on off camera in Harry’s seventh year; after all, as he, Ron, and Hermione are hunting Horcruxes, the world they’ve cut themselves off from rages on. And there are things happening that affect them all over the place, at Hogwarts, at the Ministry, with the Order, with the Death Eaters, and more. One book could never fit all of these stories, of course, but our artists gave some of them a shot.
 

Twins, Charlie, and Bill, by Caladan

Harry was rather preoccupied in the days leading up to Bill’s wedding (and so, for that matter, was Molly), but it must have been a rare chance for the older Weasley boys to spend some good time together. It’s fun to imagine the conversations Bill, Charlie and the twins might have had, even as they were all too aware of the world darkening around them.
 
The Weasleys roared with laughter again…. (GF5)

(by Caladan)


 

Hermione and Ginny, by gerre

Meanwhile Ginny must have been having a rough summer. Harry had broken up with her, and she was terrified for him and Ron and Hermione, knowing that they were dropping out of school to go hunt Voldemort. I imagine she and Hermione had more than a few conversations as they lay in their beds at night.
 
“And then what does she think’s going to happen?” Harry muttered. “Someone else might kill off Voldemort while she’s holding us here making vol-au-vents?”
He had spoken without thinking, and saw Ginny’s face whiten. “So it’s true?” she said. “That’s what you’re trying to do?” (DH6)

(by gerre)


 

Scrimgeour at Work, by Caladan

At the Ministry the atmosphere was surely tense; Scrimgeour was trying desperately to keep Voldemort from getting too powerful. He knew Harry had information that Dumbledore had given him, but this didn’t help much as Harry wasn’t willing to share it (and that alone must have driven Scrimgeour crazy). I wonder if Scrimgeour ever had a sense that these frantic days would be his last.
 
Scrimgeour took a couple of steps back from Harry…. “I… regret your attitude,” he said, looking Harry full in the face once more. “You seem to think that the Ministry does not desire what you — what Dumbledore — desired. We ought to be working together.” (DH7)

(by Caladan)


 

Hands to Hold, by reallycorking

Once the Ministry had fallen and the trio was on the run, it must have been an interesting year for Ron and Hermione – living in such close quarters, twenty-four hours a day, not yet having worked up the nerve to become a couple, and with their mutual best friend along for the ride to boot. Their first night on the run, Harry woke up thinking his two friends had fallen asleep holding hands; if that was actually true, I can’t help but wonder how long it took Ron to fall asleep that night.
 
[Hermione’s] arm curved to the floor, her fingers inches from Ron’s. Harry wondered whether they had fallen asleep holding hands. The idea made him feel strangely lonely. (DH10)


 

Hogwarts, September 1, by Miri

And shortly thereafter, for the first time in seven years, Hogwarts started school without them.
 
“There are still a load of Death Eaters watching the house,” [Harry] told Ron as he ate, “more than usual. It’s like they’re hoping we’ll march out carrying our school trunks and head off for the Hogwarts Express.”
Ron glanced at his watch. “I’ve been thinking about that all day. It left nearly six hours ago. Weird, not being on it, isn’t it?” (DH12)

(by Miri)


 

by haystax45

Of course even while still on the train, Ginny would have told Neville and Luna about the fact that Dumbledore had tried and failed to leave Harry the sword of Gryffindor. They knew, too, that it was kept in the headmaster’s office. It couldn’t have been long before they started plotting to try and steal it. (I wonder what they would have done with it had they succeeded?)
 
“Didn’t you hear about that, Ted?” asked Dirk. “About the kids who tried to steal Gryffindor’s sword out of Snape’s office at Hogwarts?” (DH15)


 

Marauder's Map, by Catching-Smoke

Meanwhile Harry’s not used to having much in the way of free time – normally his days are taken up with classes and homework. So it must have been quite a change to go to sitting around in a tent all day for months on end. And once Ron was gone and he and Hermione had hit nothing but dead ends… it must have been interminable. No wonder he took to simply staring at his girlfriend’s name on a map….
 
After a while Harry found himself taking [the map] out simply to stare at Ginny’s name in the girls’ dormitory, wondering whether the intensity with which he gazed at it might break into her sleep, that she would somehow know he was thinking about her, hoping that she was all right. (DH16)


 

Miles From Where You Are, by Hannah-Dora

Of course if the wait was difficult for Harry, that was certainly nothing on what Ron and Hermione were going through – so many miles apart, full of regret over what had happened, and wondering when, if ever, they might see one another again.
 
“After you left,” [Harry] said in a low voice… “she cried for a week. Probably longer, only she didn’t want me to see. There were loads of nights when we never even spoke to each other….” (DH19)


 

Ron's Return - the Silver Doe, by gerre

And then, of course, Ron was able to come back, and came across something very interesting….
 
“I just had to hope one of you would show yourselves in the end – and Harry did. Well, I saw the doe first, obviously….” (DH19)

(by gerre)


 

The Silver Doe, by Agatha 'Agathum' Liévin-Bazin

And of course, the night the silver doe led Harry to Gryffindor’s sword must have been an interesting one for someone else as well….
 
“Expecto Patronum!”
From the tip of [Snape’s] wand burst the silver doe…. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. “After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape. (DH33)


 

Andromeda Got Ripped Off, by Heather Campbell

Meanwhile, far away, a story was unfolding that was never really told, but was perhaps one of the war’s greatest tragedies. And that, of course, is the story of Andromeda Tonks. She and her husband were tortured for housing Harry; Ted later had to go on the run (being a Muggle-born) and was eventually killed. Then, her grandson Teddy was born, which of course would have been a miraculous event (though tinged with sadness that Ted could never meet him), but just a short time later both Tonks and Lupin were killed as well. And the leaders of the movement that killed off her family members one by one? Well, two of them would be her sisters, Bellatrix and Narcissa. It’s unfathomable what that year must have been like for Andromeda, and it’s hard to imagine her ever being truly happy again as she set out to raise Teddy on her own.
 
“It is with great regret that we inform our listeners of the murders of Ted Tonks and Dirk Cresswell….” (DH22)


 

Shell Cottage, by Abigail Larson

Another hero who will never get nearly enough credit is Luna Lovegood. It was probably largely thanks to her spirit that Ollivander survived long enough in captivity to eventually escape and give Harry the information he needed; she escorted Harry to Ravenclaw Tower and stunned one of the Carrows; later her Patronus saved Harry’s life. And through it all, her spirit never changed. Wars need heroes like Harry Potter, to be sure, but they need kindhearted, open-minded heroes like Luna Lovegood quite as much, and Harry was very lucky to have her as a friend.
 
“Thank you so much, Dobby, for rescuing me from that cellar. It’s so unfair that you had to die, when you were so good and brave.” (DH24)


 

Dumbledore Destroying the Horcrux, by Caladan

Of course another focus of the book is the story of a man who has already died by the time the book begins, and the things that Harry learns about Dumbledore’s life as he embarks on his mission. One moment that’s always particularly fascinated me was Dumbledore’s putting the Gaunt ring onto his finger. How – on earth – could he have forgotten that it was a Horcrux? That must have been quite a jarring reminder of his shortcomings, and indeed the impetus for everything that would happen from that point forward in his life.
 
“I lost my head, Harry. I quite forgot that it was now a Horcrux, that the ring was sure to carry a curse. I picked it up, and I put it on, and for a second I imagined that I was about to see Ariana, and my mother, and my father, and to tell them how very, very sorry I was…. I was such a fool, Harry. After all those years I had learned nothing. I was unworthy to unite the Deathly Hallows.” (DH35)

(by Caladan)


 

The Fightin' Weasleys, by Emily Benson

Finally, to the final Battle of Hogwarts. I love this take on the Weasley family in the battle – they are such a kind-hearted and good-natured family that it’s at times hard to picture them in this type of situation (like Molly defeating Bellatrix!) But if you removed their family from this battle, it’s quite possible that Hogwarts would not have stood a chance. There simply weren’t all that many skilled wizards and witches around fighting on the side of the school, and this family was a significant percentage of those leading the charge. It’s especially lucky when you consider that Ron’s friendship with Harry was really the only reason they really got involved in the war this time around at all.
 
“Now let’s get upstairs and fight, or all the good Death Eaters’ll be taken!” (DH30)


 

Leaving the Chamber, by Catching-Smoke

Another interesting side story of the battle must have been Ron and Hermione’s trip to the Chamber of Secrets. What did they find there? They would have had to climb through the rubble of Lockhart’s backfired spell, into the Chamber and found… what? A decaying basilisk, dead for five years; a pool of dried blood where Harry had once stabbed the diary? What else would have been there? Neither of them had ever been so far before (though Ron got closer), so it must have been quite an experience.
 
“It was Ron, all Ron’s idea!” said Hermione breathlessly. “Wasn’t it absolutely brilliant?” (DH31)


 

Harry, Ginny, and a Sandwich, by Cambryn

And perhaps my favorite moment of all – just after the ending of the book. The title of the drawing says it all: “Harry, Ginny, and a Sandwich.” Can you think of a better way to celebrate the defeat of Voldemort?
 
“Quite honestly,” [Harry] turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.” (DH36)

(by Cambryn)


 


31 Responses to “Harry Potter Off Camera: Year 7”

  1. Beautiful! Thanks Josie, I had goosebumps the whole way through!

  2. Brilliant pictures as always. I got out my sketchbook the other day and attempted to draw Harry. I realised just how much work I have to do to improve and it made me appreciate the talents of the artists here even more.

    I love the last image of Harry and Ginny. In my mind he goes to sleep and wakes up many hours later to see Ginny curled up on a chair beside him. He may not have wanted to seek her out straight away but, after thinking she had lost him, I doubt Ginny would have wanted him out of her sight. I also picture her having a fight with the Fat Lady to get access to Gryffindor tower. The Fat Lady thinks Harry needs his rest. Ginny disagrees. You can guess who wins that fight in my imagination.

  3. Great essay, and what a surprise so soon!

    I love the part about Luna especially. Like Neville, her character evolves nicely; unlike Neville, the evolution is in OUR perception of her. We, like Ron, see more and more of the strength under the flakiness.

  4. Thanks for the update, Josie! I Emily Benson’s picture of the Weasleys; it sums up the essence of their family for me. My absolute favorite part of the entire series is the duel between Molly and Bellatrix. As you said, Molly is so kind-hearted that it was kind of a shock to see her fighting, but so satisfying! Bella, like her master, underestimated love to her peril.
    Makani’s picture of Andromeda was beautiful. I never really thought about Andromeda’s story until a few months ago, but when I did. . .to have at least one of your sisters out for the blood of your husband, your daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and probably you too, and the other playing host to Voldemort, albiet unwillingly, is just horrifying. And then to have to raise the grandson who must have been so much like your dead daughter. The thought just breaks my heart.
    In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to request a biography page for Mr. Weasley, the best dad in the series. Or perhaps Lucius Malfoy, the worst.

  5. Amy: for what was shown of the Fat Lady during the first six books I would say that Harry itself had a hard time getting inside Gryffindor tower…

  6. @Jose Lopes. Ah but when Dumbledore died she let Harry in without a password because she was so upset. Imagine how overjoyed she would be that Voldemort was finally defeated. I’m sure she would spend ages thanking Harry before letting him enter without a password. Or perhaps he would approach her and when asked for the password say something like “victory”. Yet again the Fat Lady would be so happy that she would let him enter. Ginny would find it much harder since the Fat Lady would feel she should protect Harry (the saviour of the wizarding world) as he needed rest. I’m sure she would demand a password from Ginny who would have to argue her case before finally gaining entry.

    I’ve spent far too much time coming up with my own version of what happened immediately after the battle regarding Harry and Ginny. I think about it when I have trouble getting to sleep which happens quite a lot hence the detail.

  7. Just amazing. There is a whole chapter in every picture. There is something for everyone here (and some of us will take everything!). Thank you, Josie, for collecting.

    I’m hoping for a post-Hogwarts page, a Marauder-era page and a History of Hogwarts page in due course. But what we have already is plenty of fuel for the imagination.

  8. Wonderful! I’m glad, Josie, that you are feeling some freedom with the site now the big job is done! And I love how the banner is changing every time I click on a different link… that’s fantastic!

    I so appreciated your words about Andromeda. Her story is horribly heart-breaking and I think she is incredibly brave. Thank goodness for little Teddy Lupin… considering how JKR has spoken publicly about the depression she experienced when her eldest daughter was young, she would understand how having a young child to care for provides a reason to get up in the morning and motivation to carry on, despite the pain of the constant reminder of what has been lost. It would be great to see an artist’s impression of Teddy Lupin (or Teddy & Andromeda)… I think this little boy would have been a joy for his grandmother.

    I was also thinking about Luna. I love how she breezes through life with remarkable resilience and empathy for others. An “off-camera” moment I would like to know more about is exactly how the Death Eaters removed Luna from the Hogwarts Express. It’s hard to picture Luna screaming or thrashing about as they took her from the train, but how much trouble would she have given the Death Eaters? I can picture her calmly saying, “Oh, I don’t like this at all. Daddy was expecting me home for Christmas. I really wanted to see the new horn from the Crumple-Horned Snorkack. Oh, that’s disappointing…”

  9. Andrea, I imagine Luna’s capture would go down kind of like it did in the Department of Mysteries: everyone else thrashing around, and she just looks “vaguely bored.”

    Josie, this page had me tearing up in some places, thanks to your eloquent descriptions! I long thought that one of the greatest tragedies of the war is Andromeda, and glad she has not escaped your notice. I can’t wait to see more of what you come up with.

  10. I remember being part of a huge discussion on how important Andromeda would be in book 7 and how disappointed I was that we didn’t see her more. She has such a tragic story, as outlined beautifully by Josie. Hers is one of the stories I wish JKR would delve into, now that the regular series is finished.

    @Andrea: I love your description of Luna’s capture; it was most likely a mix of your imagination and what hpboy13 cited.

  11. I’m thrilled to see these off-camera moments so soon after the Epilogue.
    I’ve always felt that Andromeda’s was one of the most tragic and utterly heart-wrenching secondary storylines in the books. JKR has given us no shortage of tragic characters (think Dumbledore, Lupin, Neville, and even Snape, Merope Gaunt and others), but this is just terrible… With the exception of her grandson Teddy, her entire family is decimated and she is left all alone to care for an infant. (I know Narcissa survives, but I doubt relationships between them are even cordial.) I don’t know how she could ever be truly happy again, but I hope she finds a measure of hope and joy in contributing to raise the next generation of wizards.

  12. Amy: I think that the problem is not the password. The real problem would be finding the Fat Lady: since Lord Voldemort has fallen, the occasion calls for a celebration, I guess that she would be anywhere else except at the Gryffindor tower, probably celebrating over some five-hundred-year-old wine :)

  13. All of the pictures, especially the one by Heather Campbell, just…spoke to me. I am so glad I stumbled upon this website, it is truly magnificent.

  14. Thanks everyone! GhV, there will be more off-camera pages down the road, but I’m not sure about a ‘Founding of Hogwarts’ page… I just haven’t found artwork for it beyond portraits of the four founders.

  15. I love the picture of Andromeda. It captures all her grief and despair after her husband, daughter, and son-in-law are killed by her two sisters. Her story really is the most tragic out of all of them.

  16. Regarding the comments on the Weasley family – “It’s especially lucky when you consider that Ron’s friendship with Harry was really the only reason they really got involved in the war this time around at all.” I have to disagree that the only reason they were involved was because of Harry. Molly’s brothers were murdered by DE and I believe DD would have called them (Weasley’s) to help along with all of the “old crowd” after Voldemort returned. I think DD was well aware of who would support him and who would join the new Order of the Phoenix. (Think Vance she didn’t know Harry personally)

  17. Yeah, I’ve often thought about how horrible it is for people like Andromeda and Sirius who were born into families with values they absolutely despise. I have a few friends like this in real life, obviously their families are not actual murderers, but their parents and communities are racist sexist homophobic intolerant religious extremists, and they have to hide who they are and what they believe in from their families and almost all their friends except their closest ones, and just wait for the day when they’re old enough to leave home forever and never look back.

    That itself must have been incredibly hard for Andromeda when she chose to marry Ted Tonks, but to then have her sisters kill off her husband, daughter and son-in-law… the emotions she must feel are indescribable. I wonder what the relationship between the three sisters were like when they were young (We see that Bella is still really close to “Cissy” in Spinner’s End, although that chapter shows (and foreshadows?) the marked difference between Bellatrix and Narcissa, that Bellatrix has as much capability for love as Voldemort, while Narcissa *does* feel love, she adores her son, something that ultimately causes Voldemort’s downfall), but I wonder at what point Andromeda chose to defy her family. Was there ever a point when she loved her sisters?

    Also, I know that Harry and Teddy is meant to be a full circle and an analog for Sirius and Harry, but I can’t help but think of the relationship between Andromeda and Teddy as Neville and his grandmother. In both cases, a grandmother left alone to raise her grandson, because both his parents were destroyed as they bravely fought against Voldemort. I guess I could make another argument for the Epilogue here, that it shows that despite his tragedy, Teddy Lupin grows up to have a happy healthy life.

  18. Caladan is so good with warm colours, especially all the shades of orange for Weasley hair! They always look so warm and sunlit. But she even made Dumbledore, staring down at his Horcrux-cursed arm, warmly coloured and benign. She’s good!

  19. AndreRhineDavis, I think the biggest difference between Teddy and Neville is that Neville *only* had his grandmother, whereas Teddy has a larger family (via Harry) that’s also taking care of him; for instance, the reference in the epilogue to his eating dinner at the Potters’ three times a week. Harry and Ginny are able to help Andromeda give Teddy something that Sirius couldn’t give Harry, and that Neville’s family couldn’t give him, either.

  20. Actually, Josie, Neville had quite the extended family” Great Uncle Algie and Great Aunt Enid and all the rest of them. Of course, his extended family had a habit of pushing him off piers and whatnot, so Teddy is still better off.

  21. @Jose: I think you have a valid point about the Fat Lady’s whereabouts after the Battle. :)

  22. I like what’s said here about Andromeda Black Tonks–how the war wiped out nearly all of her family–husband, daughter, son-in-law, and don’t forget, even one of her sisters–and how her two sisters were on the other side. Think about civil wars, like the American Civil War or the Irish Revolution, that often turn “brother against brother”.

    I like what Andre said, relating Andromeda’s and Sirius’ family conflicts to real life, how friends of his hate the values of their families and neighbors: “their parents and communities are racist sexist homophobic intolerant religious extremists, and they have to hide who they are and what they believe in from their families and almost all their friends except their closest ones, and just wait for the day when they’re old enough to leave home forever and never look back.”

    I live in New York City where it’s fairly easy to find other kinds of people if you don’t like your family or neighbors. But imagine living in a small town, or a closed-in neighborhood, where everyone must think alike or else, and you’re too young to escape? Also, to my shame, I wonder if those “racist sexist homophobic intolerant religious extremists” consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ. If so, Andre, as a Christian I apologize for their attitudes, and I assure you that not all Christians are like that–and I’m sure J.K. Rowling would agree, both with you and with me. Possibly if the people you described met the real Jesus, they’d lynch him. And he’d forgive them just the same as he forgave his crucifiers.

    I also like what the author of this website said about Luna, that we need “kindhearted, open-minded heroes like Luna Lovegood” as much as we need warriors like Harry. All this shows how valuable literature is, holding up a mirror to human character and human behavior.

  23. As it happens Melanie, I had two people in mind. One of them is my cousin, who is now 30 or so and living happily in Melbourne, Australia, but he grew up in Israel in an extremely ultra-ultra-orthodox sect of Judaism; the lifestyle and community is really actually describable as a sect. And yeah, he really hated it and wanted to get out, but they raise them in such a different way that they wouldn’t really be able to survive in a Western lifestyle, and the majority don’t want to leave. He was lucky in that he has family in Australia, (my family are Jewish but secularly, not the rare extremist way that his family are), and so in his late teens he managed to *escape* the community (they don’t just let you walk out), and come here, where luckily he had people who could look after him, because he’d really been raised in such a different culture (primary school education until year 4, where afterwards it’s essentially the equivalent of bible study for the rest of your life, and a society where people didn’t know about sex until their wedding night… it’s very different to ours). I can’t imagine the culture shock and the struggle he must have gone through to live life as he wanted it against everyone and everything he knew pulling him back the other way. Surprisingly, his family doesn’t completely disown him… I mean technically in their community they have to … I think his parents don’t speak to him, but he is in contact with some of his brothers and sisters.
    The other example I was thinking of is far less extreme; it’s just this girl I know who lives in quite a religious Jewish family and a religious community (nothing as extreme as the previous example though, just as much as typical religious Christians are), and she’s an atheist, feminist, bisexual, left-wing sort of person, you know what I mean, which are completely at odds with what is acceptable in her society, so she hides it from her parents and friends and just lives this secret life and shares her real self with a few people she is close with, and is always so frustrated at people’s intolerant attitudes around her that are so common in her community.

    I apologise, I’m sure you didn’t come to this brilliant website to hear about André and his friends and their life experiences; you came to read about Harry Potter :P. Forgive me xD. But I think one of the important things to take from the books, something which I’m sure Jo intends, is that they are *not* just a fantasy and that alone. These things do happen. Not magic, but there are people like Voldemort, like the Death Eaters, people with mentalities like the Malfoys and the Blacks, in the world. There are people that will cut you off the family tree if you “marry out”, there are people who even think that lives of Jews are worth more than lives of non-Jews. (btw, sorry to keep picking on Judaism; in any religion there are people who take things to extremes. Melanie herself mentioned Christians who do it, in the middle east there are people who use Islam as a *medium* for preaching violence, when it was originally intended for the exact opposite. I’m just using the experiences that I have witnessed, but you can give a person full of hate any set of laws or principles, and they will turn it into a way to focus their hate). And for me, whenever I think of Sirius, a lone Griffindor in a house full of Slytherins who just wanted to get out, who escaped to James’ house at every possible opportunity, you may not have thought that there are people like this in the world, but Sirius’ situation resonates with me so strongly with other people that I know. With every teenager who is finding their identity and who comes out as gay or declares they’re an atheist and whose parents refuse to accept it. Harry Potter is all about *acceptance* and *equality*, whether it’s between Wizards and Muggles, Pure bloods and Muggle-borns, or Humans, House Elves and Goblins. There are still wars and persecutions and genocides in the world based on race, with philosophies that the Death Eaters use, and on a less intense scale but still a widespread problem, there are people who are just intolerant of other people’s lifestyles and choices.

    So yeah, sorry to go on a tangent and tell a whole personal story, but I just wanted to share what I took out of characters like Sirius and Andromeda. Children are not blank slates; despite being raised one way as strongly as you try, they can turn around and reject it. I just wonder, psychologically, what was it specifically about Sirius and Andromeda that triggered them rejecting the way they were brought up? We see in Snape’s memories that even before Sirius has been sorted, he’s no snarling Draco Malfoy… Sirius seems to just be a good person intrinsically. As for Andromeda, we know from OP that she was only blown off after she married Ted Tonks. So nobody suspected her of being a blood traitor beforehand… I wonder when she decided to rebel against her family, and where she even MET Ted, and how long she and him had secret dates together while she lied to her parents and sisters, until finally getting the nerve to “come out of the closet” and announce the wedding? Bellatrix must have handled that *really* well. .

  24. oh, sorry if my post offended anyone believing in any religion. No offense was meant! Like I said, in every group, there are those that take things to extremes!

  25. Andre: thank you so much for sharing the details of your story. As an American Christian, I tend to think in terms of American Christians. It’s good to be reminded that people of other countries and other creeds have similar faults and problems.

    Again, this is an example of how literature–in this case, the Harry Potter stories–can pluck at the chords of our own lives, and speak to the universal human experience.

  26. I really enjoy the artwork and the thoughts on this site. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. I am going to disagree with you about the Weasley’s, though. They are *exactly* the kind of people I expect to see fighting against someone like Voldemort. The whole family was in Gryffindor, so they had to be courageous and brave. Arthur was in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office, yes, because he got to play with Muggle things, but mostly to protect the Muggles. His values are shared by the rest of the family: work hard, play when you can, and help others. Molly is a nesting mother dragon. Threaten her children and she will kill you, as she proves. I’m not sure if they were in the Order the first time, but I do know that Molly’s brothers, Gideon and Fabian, were (took five Death Eaters to bring them down, died like heroes).

  27. @Lesharo: I love your description of Molly. Nesting mother dragon. . .I always think of a mother bear defending her cubs, but your idea is better, I think. I’ll have to remember that one.

  28. I imagine it would be a little awkward and strained between Andromeda and Molly after the war. At least at first. Molly killed Andy’s sister in the last battle and although I think Andromeda probably very much disliked her sister, you can hate somebody and still care for them.. especially when it comes to family. I’m sure Andromeda completely understands what her sister was like and what she did and knows it was necessary and highly likely she would be killed in that final battle.. but I can still see it being a little awkward and quiet between Molly and Andromeda at family gatherings for a little while. Obviously Andromeda would attend such things as she has no other family any more and really, she is part of the family now through Teddy and Harry. Interesting thought.

    I realise this could probably be more relevant to the DH chapter-by-chapter but I haven’t reached that point in that section yet. So I thought I’d mention this where there is a lot of Andromeda discussion going on. Sorry about that.

  29. Also, I felt very grateful at the end of the series that Andromeda had Teddy, and through him and Harry, the Weasleys.. A new group of people to interact with. She had just lost most of her family and it’s nice to know she won’t be alone.

  30. Love the pics/ annotations again.
    Have agree about Andy.
    I mean, if she didn’t have Teddy…. If she hadn’t promised Remus and Dora to look after him, I can see her sort of…forgetting about her own needs and attempting to care for Teddy. But, as it is said, she also gains family through Teddy to Harry and Weasleys (especially Victoire later!)

  31. Oh! Nearly forgot!
    The magic of Jo is that it’s so relatable to real life, whether it’s family drama, flawed people or bullying or something else.
    I was bullied a lot in primary school and Harry Potter books were a blessing. I screamed at James in fifth book too!
    And Dudley remained me so much of the two fat thugs in my primary school.

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