Potter lives, and there’s still a chance the war might be won. Protect Potter at all costs; he’s on a mission from Dumbledore. The freedom of the entire wizarding world depends on Potter’s survival.
It’s what Dan’s been told - it’s all he’s been told before he’s thrown into the heat of the battle. Now he finds himself, abandoned by his powers, face and hands covered in grime and blood, at the door of a Potion’s classroom about to collapse upon itself. On opposite ends of the room, his best friend and Harry Potter are heavily engaged in duels with the enemy. Then the ceiling breaks - the stone falls over their heads. Dan doesn’t know a spell strong enough to levitate the cascading rubble all at once. He can’t save them both.
On your second run, you - armed with retrospection - conserve your power for the final battle. You end up saving those you weren’t able to protect the first time - you cast shields in advance, pull students out of the way of impending explosions. At the same time, you’re hurled into a variety of new situations that force you to use your power to survive. Your power, once again, fails you long before you reach the most important decision of the game.
It occurs to you then this has always been a game about futility. You are not Harry Potter. You were not there when Peter escaped, or when Cedric and Dumbledore died. You don’t know about Horcruxes and how Voldemort can be defeated. You could not have prevented Voldemort’s rise to power. You could not have prevented the battle of Hogwarts. You could not have avoided the final dilemma.
You are not Harry Potter. You may have time-rewinding powers, but you never had a chance of rewriting the course of the story.
Who don’t write fan fiction
Who can’t make edits or fan art
Who can’t go to cons
Who can’t cosplay
Who can’t buy merch
Who think that because all they can do is support without having a “talent/skill” or the money to attend events or buy stuff that they don’t matter.
You matter, your support matters and we see you. You are enough.
“your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won’t they?“ said hermione as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. “when they hear what you did this year?” ⏤ “proud?” said harry. “are you crazy? all those times i could’ve died, and i didn’t manage it? they’ll be furious…”
SLYTHERIN: “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov)
My high school is a mix of preppy annoying kids and druggie maniacs but the best part about it is how everyone has strong feelings over Harry Potter and the entire universe. My school is very focused on the arts and literature, which I guess contributes to it. If a freshman wears HP merch you can find seniors talking to them about it, which would never happen otherwise. It’s like a big family that all has love for Harry Potter which is my favorite part about my school.