[This is a response to Leah’s Harry Potter moment of the week. If you’d like to join in, head on over to Uncorked Thoughts for the full schedule of upcoming themes!
The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is the “Most Inspirational Moment/ Passage“.
Okay, let’s be honest , this week Leah’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is pretty much impossible. The books are absolutely FULL of inspiring moments and quotes – from Slughorn returning to Hogwarts, and then staying to fight, despite his terror, to Hermione wiping her paren’t memories, to Harry knowingly going to his death…
SO I’m cheating 😉 I’ve picked one inspirational moment….and an inspiring quote (or in some cases two) from each of the books, because hey, how is a girl supposed to choose?!
I went back and forth on which moment to choose for ages, but in the end, I kept coming back to Snape (I tried not to, honest). I eventually decided that the most inspirational moment, for me, is when Snape decides to watch over Harry after Lily’s death. I think it would have been so easy at that point, heartbroken and angry, to give up. To go back to being a Death Eater, or to try and get revenge for Lily’s death, or to say screw this and hide off somewhere far away from the wizarding world.
To deliberately look after her son – who Snape has no bond with at all – means seeing constant reminders of Lily who is gone. Reminders of James who he hated, and of course above all, a reminder of their love for each other, of the fact that James Potter got the girl….That would be so painful and yet Snape does it. Not to impress Lily (who is, after all dead) or for any sort of recognition…
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
– One of my favourite quotes in the whole series!
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
(Or perhaps better yet, animals!)
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“He must have known I’d want to leave you.”
“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”