Fourteen years ago, a Death Eater named Bellatrix Lestrange used the Cruciatus Curse on my parents. She tortured them for information, but they never gave in. I’m quite proud to be their son.
This hurts. A lot.
One of the scenes that I will never be able to forget from the book is the scene when they’re at the hospital and Neville’s mother comes and gives him the sweet wrapper. She’s been tortured to insanity, but some part of her, some tiny diamond hard fragment of who she was, smothered by the shattered remains of herself remembers her son enough to want to make him smile.
She gives him a present to make him smile, and you just know Neville took that sweet wrapper home with him and put it in a box with all the other random pieces of rubbish she has given to him over the past 14 years.
This is why Neville’s story makes me hurt much more than Harry. Neville’s parents are still there. He can still see them and touch them, but he can never and will never know what they think of him, of what he has become. But no matter what happens, he will do every damn thing he can to be a man they would be proud of. Even if he’s scared, he will be brave because they were.
Re: Neville will never know what they think of him: it’s interesting that Harry, for all he never knew his parents, interacts with them quite a lot for an orphan. Both the Priori Incantatem spell and the Resurrection Stone let Lily and James talk to Harry. They tell him how brave he is and how proud they are and how much they love him.
Neville gets a bubblegum wrapper.
Thank you I needed the extra heartbreak on this Tuesday afternoon
And since we know there is an afterlife in Harry Potter, we know that James and Lily are watching over Harry the whole time. They’re watching him grow and rooting for him and wishing they could be there to support him and being so, so proud of him.
Frank and Alice aren’t there. They’re not anywhere, they’re just… gone. Harry’s line in OotP (in the movie anyway, I forget whether it’s in the book) telling Neville that they’ll make his parents proud is a touching moment, but so heartbreaking because it’s not true. Frank and Alice will never understand what their son did, they have that little bit of love left to give him but they will never be proud of him, and they are not watching over him.
Harry & Hermione + longing looks
Just look at them! How can they not be together?! The way they look into each others’ eyes is just - wow.
Kelli O’Hara as Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County
Some snaps from my Harry Potter Reread - Part 2 [Part 1]
we’re gonna be weird adults
I’m already an adult…
okay. so. Amelia Bones just sky rocketed up the list of my favorite Harry Potter characters.
Because the Violet cast deserves a photoset (2/?)