One of the kids in my high school class was born on April Fool’s and his dad missed his birth because when his mom called to say she was in labour he laughed and hung up on her
*shows up at ur door 10 years after we had an argument* aND ANOTHER THING
People who say that Lily giving up her life for Harry wasn't that great because "any mother would have done it" and "it's a natural instinct and not anything special" make me feel nauseous. They are almost always Snape apologists.
OK, but why?
Those people aren’t inherently wrong, because it was what any mother would have done:
“There’s your answer - you’ve just answered your own question - because she could have lived - and chose to die…But the caliber of Lily’s bravery was, I think in this instance, higher because she could have saved herself. Now any mother, any normal mother would have done what Lily did. So in that sense, her courage too was of an animal quality but she was given time to choose…But if in cold blood you were told, “Get out of the way,” you know, what would you do? I mean, I don’t think any mother would stand aside from their child. But does that answer it? She did very consciously lay down her life. She had a clear choice.”
–JK Rowling, on discussing the Potters’ sacrificed
It’s just that they missed the point.
While it is what any mother may have done, we would be fools to dismiss that love, to underestimate the power of that sacrifice.
Because who else did that?
And it was his undoing – over and over and over again.
It’s what saved Harry and the curse rebounded.
It’s what saved Harry when Quirrell disintegrated when he touched Harry.
It’s what saved Harry when he was fourteen and Voldemort’s spells came back to haunt him.
It’s what saved Harry when Voldemort was unable to possess him.
It’s what saved Harry so long as he stayed at the hellhole that was the Dursleys.
It’s what saved Harry, to bookend the entire thing, when Narcissa acted as any mother would have done in a bid to protect her own son.
Voldemort didn’t understand the power of love. Not during the first war, when he underestimated that a mother would rather die than stand aside and let him kill her son. Not during the second war, not when his followers turned from zealots to parents with children of their own.
So no, there wasn’t anything extraordinary in Lily’s choice. It was an act of sacrifice, one made my mothers and fathers and lovers every day, and it was the power of love. It may have been what any mother would have done, and probably was, but that’s what makes it entirely special. Because to be capable of love, to give oneself or to put oneself on the line in the name of love, it’s the greatest choice a person can make.
People who don’t see that are missing the point of the entire series.
do you ever wash your face with cold water and feel like your life has changed dramatically
what’s even cornier are those posts like ADULTS FORCE YOU TO GO TO COLLEGE AND CHOOSE A CAREER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE I JUST WANT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD, EXPERIENCE LIFE, AND BE IN THE WILD
boo hoo your parents are paying for you to go to college how do you think you’re going to travel the world when all you do now is watch reruns of Daria and make text posts about how you’re too scared to use a telephone to order delivery pizza
"Oh my god Panic! at the disco is so emo!"
yeah they are so emo it scares me