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Esther Earl

Posted by: Melissa
August 25, 2010, 09:45 AM

We don't often do this on Leaky, but today, we have to take a moment to inform and comfort each other. Some of you may remember Esther Earl, in whose name many of you voted for the HP Alliance in the Chase Community Challenge (see this video for more). A 16-year-old girl with boundless courage and a thirst for life, love and friendship, Esther (whose name means "star") was a bright light who reminded us all how important it is to connect with one another while we are able.

She had cancer, though she would be the first to tell you this was not the most defining fact of her life. Especially in the past year, Esther became an inspiration to thousands of Harry Potter fans. She encouraged everyone to be their best selves, and to pronounce feelings of love openly and loudly, while you had the chance.

Early this morning, Esther Earl, a true Gryffindor, passed away. She was a dear friend to Leaky and will be missed greatly.

Her family says: "We are convinced she is more truly alive than ever, but still our hearts are breaking."

We know she is on her next great adventure, but also know this is difficult for those who are not. We wanted to let you know, and to offer a place for Harry fans to say something in her memory. We know it's difficult to know what to say or do when this kind of tragedy strikes; we know the goodness in all of you will mean you want to take action, do something to comfort her friends and family. The best thing to do, today, is to send up a thought, a wish, a prayer, for those who are hurting, to the community she so touched, to her friends and family as they work through their grief. Then, live your life as fully and as joyfully as Esther did.

In the future we will have more information about ways in which we are actively honoring her. You can visit her family's web site for more about the upcoming memorial services or just to send a note of support.

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30 Points

Esther did all she could and more for other people through something everyone loves… she will be sorely missed

Posted by BlacksGirl on August 25, 2010, 06:15 PM report to moderator
71 Points

Though you will be greatly missed, you’re passing will be a happy one.

The last enemy to be destroyed is death

Posted by GottaGetBackToHogwarts[WBM] on August 25, 2010, 06:18 PM report to moderator
310 Points

Rest in peace Esther. You will forever be an inspiration to us all. My heart goes out to her family. Thank you to them for sharing such a wonderful person as Esther with all of us.

Posted by Auror Proudfoot on August 25, 2010, 06:42 PM report to moderator
95 Points

Esther will live long in our hearts. We will forever remember the awesomeness that was, is, and will always be, Esther.

Posted by literarynerd on August 25, 2010, 06:43 PM report to moderator
33 Points

How very sad for all her beloved family and friends. Take comfort in knowing she is better and more alive now then she was and as you say she is on her next great adventure. God Bless

Posted by sheritips on August 25, 2010, 07:12 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

My thoughts and prayers to Esther and her family. <3

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on August 25, 2010, 07:21 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

I had never heard of her before now (having only learnt about the HPA in the last few months), but from Melissa’s beautiful and touching words, Esther sounded like an incredible and kind young woman. Though she wasn’t on this earth for very long, she obviously had a very big impact on a lot of people. She may be gone, but i am certain that she won’t be forgotten, and i hope everyones kind words are a comfort to her family and friends. My deepest condolences to them. xx

“After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure”

“The ones that love us never really leave us”

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 25, 2010, 07:33 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

We are each and every one of us diminished by her passing. Rest in peace Esther…

Posted by Won_Two on August 25, 2010, 07:36 PM report to moderator
59 Points

good luck Esther beyond the vail.

Posted by fireboltmasterbk on August 25, 2010, 08:38 PM report to moderator
209 Points


Posted by Aga Veneficus on August 25, 2010, 08:41 PM report to moderator
118 Points

I did not know her but we had at least one thing in common…Harry Potter. Rest in peace, dear girl. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Posted by iamminerva on August 25, 2010, 08:52 PM report to moderator
930 Points

esther was such and inspiration. i was lucky enough to be present at infinitus during the webchat, and i remember how happy she was. i know the fandom will miss her enthusiasm and love. blessing to her family and friends.

Posted by expectopatronum(WBM) on August 25, 2010, 09:11 PM report to moderator
212 Points

She makes me proud to be an Esther.

Posted by BlackLace on August 25, 2010, 09:18 PM report to moderator
189 Points

Rest in peace, Esther. I hope you find happiness in Heaven with all the angels and saints.
We will all miss you deeply, each and everyone.

Posted by CatAlly on August 25, 2010, 09:34 PM report to moderator
4906 Points

With Esther.

Posted by Darth Luna on August 25, 2010, 10:11 PM report to moderator
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