J.K. Rowling Revealed Her Favorite Harry Potter Chapter
If you're a fan of Harry Potter, this news may bring up some emotionally devastating feelings: J.K. Rowling just revealed her favorite Harry Potter chapter, and it's the single saddest part of her single saddest book.
It's "The Forest Again," from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You might remember it as the chapter where Harry Potter, realizing he'll need to sacrifice himself in order for Voldemort to die, goes into the Forbidden Forest surrounding Hogwarts and manages to use a magical device that lets him speak to the dead.
He encounters his deceased, beloved father figures — his godfather Sirius Black, his old professor Remus Lupin — along with his parents, who he never knew. They all tell him how proud they are of Harry (tearing up now) and go with him as he presents himself to Voldemort to be murdered. The chapter ends with the freakin' death of Harry Potter! (Well, temporarily — it's a long story.)
As a reader pointed out to Rowling on Twitter, it's quite a sad favorite chapter ("I bawled," the reader tweeted to Rowling). "So did I," Rowling responded, "But it was the culmination of 17 years' work and the most cathartic piece of writing of my life."
Remembering this beautiful part of the books is enough to make me want to read the entire series again. Or, at least, J.K. Rowling's many, many additions to the canon years after the last book was published.
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