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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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1479 Points

so sorry and sad!!! she seemed like a great person whats gonna happen to her account? my thoughts are with her family

Posted by magicmaniac on August 25, 2010, 10:11 PM report to moderator
31 Points


Posted by Gryffindor12 on August 25, 2010, 10:21 PM report to moderator
829 Points

My deepest condolence to her Family. May her soul rest in peace

Posted by blackhair on August 25, 2010, 10:26 PM report to moderator
829 Points

16 is so young

Posted by blackhair on August 25, 2010, 10:27 PM report to moderator
4686 Points

:( I’m so sorry to hear that. Condolences to her family and friends. I never knew her, but it sounds like she was a truly inspiring, lively and awesome person. Rest in peace, Esther Earl!

Posted by Owlet on August 25, 2010, 11:11 PM report to moderator
202 Points

Esther your light shined on us for such a short time but oh so very brightly.

Posted by Katnordy5ROAR on August 25, 2010, 11:47 PM report to moderator
43 Points

RIP Esther <3

Posted by Chelsea O on August 26, 2010, 12:29 AM report to moderator
408 Points

Esther…she went to the adventure with Fred,Mad-Eye,James,Lily,Snape,Padfoot,Moony,Hedwig,Dobby n sooo many true Hogwartans n wizards…. :)and I think it was the dream of Esther…
and u’ll always be there with us dear…to inspire, motivate n look upto whenever we feel down…!!!

Posted by HermioneDreams on August 26, 2010, 02:39 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

Many thoughts and prayers go to your family. You will be greatly missed but never forgetten. You are a great inspiration to all of us and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on August 26, 2010, 05:50 AM report to moderator
3985 Points

Rest in peace,Esther.

Posted by CDR on August 26, 2010, 06:28 AM report to moderator
28 Points

Posted by Roxy24 on August 26, 2010, 07:17 AM report to moderator
41 Points

My thoughts are with Esther’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace Esther.

Posted by Ginevras on August 26, 2010, 07:44 AM report to moderator
277 Points

What a truly amazing and inspiring young girl. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Posted by eccentricalice on August 26, 2010, 08:37 AM report to moderator
5180 Points

I didn’t know about you until today, but I think we would have been the best of friends. You are amazing, and we will miss you :)

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on August 26, 2010, 09:50 AM report to moderator
135 Points

Rest in peace and be happy, have fun in the next great adventure :)

Posted by Jordon Steele on August 26, 2010, 10:18 AM report to moderator
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