Leaky’s Daily Quotedown to Deathly Hallows: 37 Days

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Oct 14, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

There are now only 37 days left until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” hits theaters! We are posting a quote from the first half of the book every day in celebration and to give us a chance to discuss and ponder the final book as it goes to film. Here is today’s quote!

On this spot, on the night of 31 October 1981,
Lily and James Potter lost their lives.
Their son, Harry, remains the only wizard
ever to have survived the Killing Curse.
This house, invisible to Muggles, has been left
in its ruined state as a monument to the Potters
and as a reminder of the violence
that tore apart their family.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “Bathilda’s Secret”





55 Responses to Leaky’s Daily Quotedown to Deathly Hallows: 37 Days

Avatar ImageJuine says: First! Great quote, love this chapterAvatar Imagekali.crampus says: should have been posted on halloween! but yes, great quote :)Avatar Imageafdh says: Really god quote.Avatar ImageLizzydizzy says: What a great quote! Really interesting and also sad. This event changed history. The saddest part is "tore apart their family" =(Avatar ImageSilvery Doe says: A reminder that we don't always have as much control over our own fate as we'd like to think.Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: love it! i've been re-reading the series before part one comes out and i'm finally on DH!! i read HBP in about 2 days of my study halls at school so i could get to DH :) love the book&&love the quote!!Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: WOW!!! an AWESOME Quote!!! I really enjoyed this Chapter in the book, I do hope they do not leave much of it out of the Movie!!! Avatar ImageSohumdore says: I love that there is a memorial!Avatar Imagectgryffindor says: Ohmygod. <3 Leaky don't make me cry. Avatar ImageLillylove says: I cried buckets through this scene. How moving it must have been for Harry.Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: : ) - Avatar ImageJoeU10 says: Not to be a downer, and I hope it's not true, but I read somewhere that their not going to have the sign/memorial in the movie. That seems to be too important of a thing to leave out to me.Avatar Imagedilysroot says: I just noticed that if you didn't know the story, from just what is written on the memorial, you would have no idea that Lord Voldemort was involved in this tragedy. Its a cool way to honor the victims without promoting the fame of the killer. Avatar ImageStoreyann says: Another of my favorite moments in the book. Imagine growing up "famous" with no realization of how big it actually is to the world around you. And then finding a memorial, and seeing all the message and gifts and things from people you don't even know. I think the weight of what was happening started sinking in for Harry in this chapter. Avatar Imagesueml says: Good comment Storeyann - you summed up my feelings about that chapter exactly.Avatar ImageGryffindor_Girl_xx says: Love the quote ... it must have been emotional for Harry :) 35 DAYS UNTIL DH1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imageginnyshiel says: It's weird that Harry didn't know anything about the memorial. Similar to Dan's statement in a new interview where he sad that he often not really realizes that he is so famous becuase he just goes to work and back.Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: How can it be 37 days left when by my count, 31 minus 14 days leaves 17 days in October plus release on the 17th of November, equals 34 days until release! Even the countdown atop the website says 35 days!! What's up, Leaky??Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: That quote always made me cry :(Avatar Imagetealover says: I agree with StoreyAnn, too. Imagine growing up in the world according to The Dursley's, not even knowing that there was another whole world waiting for you to "come home". I think that this scene should be in the movie, too. More than anything, seeing the tangible remains of his life with his parents had to be huge for Harry.Avatar Image2tal says: A heart wrenching moment in the book. So glad Hermione was there to be a comfort.Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: :(((((((( the quote is soooo saaadAvatar ImageSmitch says: I absolutely love this part in the novel. It's so eerie and sad. You're lamenting and reflecting with Harry, yet you're always on your toes because you're waiting for Voldemort, or something horrific, to jump out. And it does. Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: Love the quote:D it's a very sad moment for harry, and i can't wait to see the moment when harry reads this and hermione comforts him:DAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: gee thanks for making today such a bright and happy dayAvatar ImageMJBDE15 says: A shiver goes down my spine everytime i read this paragraph...Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: so jazzed for godric's hollow on film - dan looks like he's really crying in the trailer!! this whole chapter just makes me cry.Avatar ImageSindi says: I was very emotional when i read that quote... @Storeyann (ROAR) exactly the way i feel .. :) is it 35 days or 37? im confused, the countdown and this post say different. :\ Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: loved this part <3Avatar ImageAsria says: I love this one! I cried so much in this chapter... :'(Avatar ImageKeaHellstorm says: It's amazing how Harry Potter makes me feel happy.....Avatar Imagedumbledork31 says: I don't remember if I did but I think I cried at that point. I was up really late reading at that point in the book =] CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagenagini1025 says: I cant beleive its only 37 days. Last week, I'm like "AGGH, FORTY-SOMETHING DAYS IS SO FAR AWAY" and now its a little over a month and I'm like :O Has anyone been able to find out where you can get tickets for a midnight showing at LOCAL theaters? Cause I can't very well travel to London or potter-knows-where in the states without a passport. XDAvatar ImageHPJOSIAHHP says: great! Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: All these quotes are great...I hope they post them all on one page when they are finished!Avatar Imagefredluver14 says: best quote from the book so far Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Sniff, sniff!! :( RIP Lily and James!Avatar Imageratorr2 says: I don't want to reread DH before the movie comes out. I'll only end focusing on what they left out and what they changed.Avatar Imagehogwartslionchaser says: love that quote and chapter...makes me cry every time i read it. like you sumup storeyman...very moving. and theyre not leaving this out in the movie! they just cant! thuis scene is sooooooooooooo important! and itll make everyone in the theatre cry! still, completely love this chapter a lot. one of my favourites. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That quote brougth tears to my eyes. Yes, Voldemort was the reason why Harry's family was torn apart.............Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: This lines kills me every time "...the violence that tore apart their family." Harry, Neville, Hannah, Susan, Molly - they all lost so many family members.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: First! Great quote, love this chapterAvatar ImageDawna says: Great quote! Really gave Harry the boost he needed at that time to keep going, I think.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This was such an amazing moment for Harry. I loved his emotional reaction to the graffiti ... crazy to think that "Bathilda" was right there, waiting for him at this moment. Jo doesn't give us a chance to catch our breath before we are on to the next unbelievable surprise!!!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Dilysroot, that was a really good observation about the memorial not giving any honor to the killer by naming him. There's so much weight attached to naming in myth and folklore of so many cultures (though nobody seems able to agree on whether speaking an entity's true name gives it power over you or gives you power over it). JKR has shown that she's very aware of this important Jungian theme, both in the care that she takes in naming her characters and in her treatment of how different characters deal with the cultural taboo on using Voldemort's name (or self-imposed title, really). In the end she comes down solidly on the side of empowerment by using true names, when Harry brings Voldy down off his high horse by very pointedly addressing him as Riddle in their final confrontation. This quote also brings me back to something that I wish I could ask JKR: What would the Ministry under Kingsley have decided to do with Voldy-gone-moldy? If he got a burial, the site and marker, no matter how plain, would become a magnet for surviving and wannabe Death Eater wannabes. That might be useful for surveillance purposes, but would also create a focal point for efforts to make Voldemort out to be some sort of martyr. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine that our heroes would lower themselves to the level of not allowing a 'decent burial' even for their worst enemy. In most fantasy novels, the mortal remains of defeated Dark Lords spare their authors this quandary by dissipating into smoke and vapor and blowing away on the wind (and even Hitler conveniently burned himself up); but if that was JKR's intent, she didn't mention it.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Err, scratch that second 'wannabes.'Avatar Imagepotterfantasy says: i cried when i read this, i could just imagine how harry felt when he read it Avatar ImagePolka Square says: i love this quote. i remember reading it like a billion times.Avatar Imagedilysroot says: WeenyOwl you know in Germany they have completely obliterated the place where Hitler killed himself, there is no marker or remnant of the bunker. When I was in Berlin someone pointed to a parking lot and said it is believed the bunker was somewhere under there. I think your wondering about what MOM did with Voldy gone moldy is a very cool question. Avatar Imageksddancer says: Cool! I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: Such an emotional scene.Avatar ImageCatherine says: i loved this part!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: *tear* Avatar ImageGryffindor Lioness101 says: Really good quote can't wait for the movie!Avatar ImageSlyBones says: Love this part!

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