What should give us the greatest comfort after these heavy blows is the love and friendship that has solidified in spite of the tragedy--or perhaps because of it: Harry and Ginny; Ron and Hermione; Neville and Luna; Tonks and Lupin; and the very touching, fierce commitment of Fleur to Bill Weasly, despite his disfigured face. When Lupin temporarily resists Tonks' feelings for him, Professor McGonagall responds: "Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world." (HBP 624)

Friendship and family are sources of strength in the midst of tragedy. As Harry and his friends prepare for the great battle to come, Harry's heart lifts "at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione." (HBP 652) Let us also feel the joy that comes with experiencing the reality of each moment without fearing for the next. Let us keep the spirit of Dumbledore alive, maintaining our faith in the basic goodness of each person and seeking the best in all of us. Ultimately, good will prevail.

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