Prongs rode again last night

That’s my favourite quote from the Harry Potter series.

Most online readers would quote the preceding

You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.”

as one of their all time favourite quotes/chunks from the Harry Potter series (and that is a wonderful quote) but I think the single sentence

“Prongs rode again last night.”


just sums up everything so beautifully. What Dumbledore wanted to express, the series of events Harry went through which included him stretching his hand out towards his stag Patronus and watching it disappear. It’s just such an elegant, comprehensive statement. I don’t know what to say. All I know is that I was deeply moved and immediately thought “This is why I spend time on fiction.”

Or maybe I just like the idea of Patronuses in general. A symbol of something important to you which can fend off the darkness and protect you in times of need. Writing this, I also think of Alan Rickman who passed away recently, his character Snape and his doe patronus.
RIP Alan Rickman. You brought the magic to the big screen, in not just this franchise but many others. That’s awesome.

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