The Boy Who Lived
An exclusive Wizarding Times article by Brenna Westfeld
For the past 16 years, the wizarding world has been fascinated by a single person, a young man, who as a mere baby was able to withstand the dark and powerful attentions of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Today, that young man has once again captivated our attention and turned our world on end. Perhaps the greatest story of our time, he is Harry Potter, the boy who lived.
Anyone who has read a newspaper, everyone who has kept up with their owl post, and anyone who has not been living in a hole, or stuck in Azkaban, will know the life story of this remarkable young man in intimate detail. Orphaned and raised in the muggle world, Harry Potter has experienced more trials and tribulations in his few years than some of the oldest witches and wizards still living. He has dealt with countless losses, struggled through misunderstandings of the most outrageous sort, witnessed death and destruction, and now, in a startling turn of events, has become the saviour of the wizarding world as we know it.
It has long been known that You-Know-Who has kept his eye on young Potter. In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Potter was briefly captured by him, and his blood was used to bring He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named back to his full strength. During his fifth year, Harry and a number of his fellow classmates were involved in an incident at the Ministry of Magic, during which You-Know-Who revealed his return to the wizarding world, and Sirius Black, friend of the Potters and Harry's godfather, was killed. And just this past year, Potter was witness to the brutal murder of Albus Dumbledore at the orders of You-Know-Who. The rumours have flown for a number of years now that Harry Potter might be the chosen one, the one person with the power to face and defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. But secretly, did anyone ever really believe it? The idea of a young man, really still a boy, being able to take on one of the most powerful wizards of our time is hard to reconcile. But young Potter, as he is so fond of doing, proved the doubters wrong quite decisively last night.
Yesterday evening, just before midnight, the tale of the Potter family came full circle. Godric's Hollow, once a flourishing wizarding village much like Hogsmeade but now home only to a few stalwart families, was the setting for the final act in the story of You-Know-Who. It was in Godric's Hollow, so many years ago, that Potter's parents were so brutally murdered by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself. And last night, in their former home, in the very room where young Harry survived the killing curse as a baby, the scene played out. Speaking with witnesses, we have pieced together a timeline of events leading up to the final moments of You-Know-Who and Harry Potter's ultimate triumph.
Early in the evening, Harry arrived in Godric's Hollow with a number of his friends and fellow classmates, including Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley. From the information we have been able to gather, it appears that You-Know-Who had delved into the extremely dark art of creating Horcruxes. Harry was brought into the confidence of Albus Dumbledore during his sixth year of school concerning this matter. With the tragic death of the Headmaster of Hogwarts, and the emptiness at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after most parents kept their children home for fear of the war with You-Know-Who, Harry and his friends left the school and have spent the better part of the year searching for the hidden Horcruxes that had to be destroyed in order to make You-Know-Who mortal again. It is known that two Horcruxes had been destroyed prior to the death of Dumbledore: a diary and a ring. It is also known that another Horcrux had been destroyed even earlier by Regulus Black, brother of Harry's godfather and the Potter's good friend, Sirius Black. The details concerning the rest of the Horcruxes are shady at best, but young Potter, with the aid of his friends, was able to destroy them. In fact, last evening Potter and his friends destroyed the very last Horcrux, which in the usual twisted fashion of You-Know-Who, was hidden in Godric's Hollow, in the very home the Potters once inhabited.
Harry and his friends entered the abandoned home, intent on destroying the Horcrux before the Death Eaters, who are known to have been tracking him, could catch up. Unfortunately, they were closer than the youngsters realized, and a group of Death Eaters descended on the house just as they were about to destroy the last Horcrux. Harry and his friends must certainly have thought their game was up at this point, as the Death Eaters alerted You-Know-Who, who immediately made his appearance. At this point, some of the families still living nearby had noticed the commotion, and the Ministry of Magic was contacted. As events played out inside the house, Aurors surrounded the house and began watching for the right moment to make their move.
What the Aurors knew, and what You-Know-Who and his Death Eaters didn't, is that they had been infiltrated. It has finally been revealed that Severus Snape, who many thought to be a loyal servant of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, has actually been working for Albus Dumbledore all along. In fact, sources have reported that Snape, who killed the Hogwarts Headmaster, was under orders from Dumbledore himself to carry out the act, in order to cement his position as a spy and carry out the plans of the Minsitry. Bravely, he was able to subdue many of the Death Eaters in the house, and separate the rest from their master. This was his final, gallant act, as he was killed by You-Know-Who as soon as his true loyalties were revealed. But in this sacrifice, placing a now mortal You-Know-Who apart from his followers and within reach of Potter and his friends, he too played a part in saving us all from a world of darkness. The Aurors moved in quickly when Snape gave his signal that the Death Eaters were apart from their master, and they were able to capture them quickly. Unfortunately, they were not able to reach Harry and his friends in time to keep them from facing off against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
In an incredible storm of power, involving spells far beyond their years, the young students battled bravely with You-Know-Who. Backed into a corner as he was, separated from his minions, and now mortal once more, You-Know-Who became desperate, panicked, and, one might even say, rash. Against such a determined group of young people, he stood little chance, especially with young Potter drawing on the power of his parents' former presence in the house, and the knowledge that You-Know-Who was now flesh and blood just the same as the rest of them. But flesh and blood can be ripped and torn, and before they could capture him completely, You-Know-Who made a move to destroy Potter for once and all with a killing curse. In a great and honourable sacrifice, Neville Longbottom protected his dear friend, giving his life so that Harry could take this one opening and use the combined powers of himself and his friends to momentarily capture You-Know-Who. It was at this point that the Aurors were able to burst into the room and aid Harry and his friends, though there was nothing they could do for Longbottom. Many of the witnesses have described a series of explosions and flashes that occurred at this point, at the end of which You-Know-Who lay dead on the floor, and Harry and his friends emerged from the house, carrying the body of their dear friend with them.
Today, the day after, the boy who lived is recovering in seclusion, holed up with his dearest friends and family. Sources have reported that he is taking solace in the care of his girlfriend, Ginny Weasley, who has been involved with Harry for more than a year now. He is not taking interviews, but who could blame him after the years of sorrow he has suffered. Perhaps one day we will get the whole story from him, but for now, Harry has earned his peace.
As the world awakens this morning, the darkness has lifted and a new era has begun. The sacrifices of a man and of a boy have allowed Potter, and the rest of the magical world, to finally put to rest a vicious threat and sleep soundly once more. For while there has been so much death in his life, Harry Potter has been able to rise above it, and remain the boy who brought us hope, the boy who showed us true bravery, and the boy who, ultimately, lived.