So, my friend sent me a desperate message about a Potter epiphany she had. When I read it, I could not help but relate it to everything I see around me. I over analyze. That’s how I roll. But, enough about me. I shall proceed to explain this in the best way possible.
Ginny looked up into Harry’s face, took a deep breath, and said, “Happy seventeenth.”
“Yeah. . . thanks.”
She was looking at him steadily; he, however, found it difficult to look back at her; it was like gazing into a brilliant light.
“Nice view,” he said feebly, pointing toward the window.
She ignored this. He could not blame her.
“I couldn’t think what to get you,” she said.
“You didn’t have to get me anything.” She disregarded this too.
“I didn’t know what would be useful. Nothing too big, because you wouldn’t be able to take it with you.”
He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brother must have toughened her up.
She took a step closer to him.
“So then I thought, I’d like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you meet some veela when you’re off doing whatever you’re doing.”
“I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest.”
“There’s the silver lining I’ve been looking for,” she whispered…
My friend’s idea was that, even though this seems like an outwardly sarcastic scene, this is one of the most bittersweet scenes of all the “ships” that sailed off the Potter shore. JKR has been often criticised for her treatment of the romances, but I have never agreed. She has taken the small moments to teach us the big lessons.
There are people like me, and we live on these thin silver threads, hanging off clouds filled with things we’ll never know. Or maybe just dust. I revel in it right now, with a wry smile on my face. It’s ok. Waiting and watching is the only thing left to do. But, who’s complaining as long as I get to keep that? To keep the idea of getting to be somewhere else when I want to, and with whoever I want to be.
I’ll not say much more. Just leave this be, right here. It’s enough. 🙂
Oh, one more thing: Expect nothing more than crap. But, when life exceeds expectations, you take it with two thumbs up and a smile on your face.