Chapter 34: The Forest Again
This may be the saddest chapter ever, and that’s before Voldemort killed Harry. The appearance of Lily, James, Sirius, and Remus, and Harry’s plaintive, “Will you stay with me?” completely slew us.
Passing on the quest to Neville, no goodbye to Ginny, the death of Colin Creevey (Colin Creevey!), I open at the close, the Resurrection Stone…
I’m still kind of stunned by this chapter. I know, intellectually, that Rowling is using all of the oldest tricks in the book, but dammit, it’s powerful. There’s plenty to think about, though.
Who will kill the snake? Will Hagrid get free? Turns out the ring was the Stone. Can Harry really be dead? Of course, my money’s still on Harry surviving this book. It’ll be fascinating to find out how. But, man, every time Rowling pushes the “dead parents reappear to comfort their son” button, it works.
No spoilers for later chapters in the comments! I have to go to band practice now. Dammit.