Chapter 31: The Battle of Hogwarts
Sorry, can we just take a moment here for Fred Weasley?
Ok. So. Harry figured out where the diadem was, which I so called. Rachel, however, correctly predicted where Ron and Hermione were, and I have to admit, I did not see that one coming. It’s pretty excellent to see Ron get to do something awesome. Basilisk fangs!
Oh, and of course, Ron and Hermione finally smooch. Awwwwwww. (I note that Hermione kissed him after Ron suggested that they try to save the house-elves, but they never actually got around to saving the house-elves. Hope they don’t forget.)
Crabbe dies, and I can’t really feel too broken up about it. Malfoy now owes Harry big time.
Neville rushing by with Professor Sprout to lob Mandrakes at the intruders is a nice image, as is Grawp marauding through the grounds. I have a bad feeling about Lupin, though. This is sort of our Helms Deep battle, isn’t it? Tonks, Neville’s grandmother, Mrs. Weasley and Percy, and even Aberforth pitching in. And where has Ginny gone off to?
Really though. Fred. Poor George.
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