Thank you, thank you, for Harry’s birthday present! It was his favourite by far. One year old and already zooming along on a toy broomstick, he looked so pleased with himself, I’m enclosing a picture so you can see. You know it only rises about two feet off the ground, but he nearly killed the cat and he smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent me for Christmas (no complaints there). Of course, James thought it was funny, says he’s going to be a great Quidditch player, but we’ve had to pack away all the ornaments and make sure we don’t take our eyes off him when he gets going.
We had a very quiet birthday tea, just us and old Bathilda, who has always been sweet to us, and who dotes on Harry. We were so sorry you couldn’t come, but the Order’s got to come first, and Harry’s not old enough to know it’s his birthday anyway! James is getting a bit frustrated shut up here, he tries not to show it but I can tell — also, Dumbledore’s still got his Invisibility Cloak, so no chance of little excursions. If you could visit, it would cheer him up so much. Wormy was here last weekend, I thought he seemed down, but that was probably the news about the McKinnons; I cried all evening when I heard.
Bathilda drops in most days, she’s a fascinating old thing with the most amazing stories about Dumbledore, I’m not sure he’d be pleased if he knew! I don’t know how much to believe, actually, because it seems incredible that Dumbledore could ever have been friends with Gellert Grindelwald. I think her mind’s going, personally!
Lots of love,
Letter to Sirius Black, by Lily Evans Potter on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
i can’t believe my little boy has grown up that fast! it seems like yesterday when i remember you playing ron weasley. but now you’re a 25 years old man. and this is a little bit strange because i used to call you my baby. and now… i’m the baby! i’ve been supporting you since i was a child and i think it will stay the same for a long long time. you’re such a gentleman, so sweet, charming and funny at the same time that makes impossible for me not to love you. i’m bad with words, mainly when i’m describing my feelings so… today i want you to be the happiest guy in the world! i’m sending you lots of love and good vibes.
love you so much, ginger one. stay like this.
happy 25th birthday, rupert alexander lloyd grint.