Chapter 9: A Flash of Green Light
“After all this time?”Dumbledore asked a tear-stained Snape.
Harry went back to the real world. Now he knew everything he needed to know. Harry, Ron and Hermione went to Snape’s aid shortly after Voldemort asked Nagini to kill him. Harry didn’t know why but he felt like Snape didn’t deserve to die.
And now he knew.
Snape was Dumbledore’s servant all along. Snape loved his mother. Smape was trying to protect him. And just like the others, Snape died.
And now he had to die, too.
For some reason, a part of him felt like he knew it all along. He knew he had to die. Didn’t Dumbledore and him talked about this two years ago?”Neither can live while the other survives.” And now the truth was finally out.
He, Harry Potter, had to die.
He was about to stand up when just like most times, he entered the Dark Lord’s mind.
"Master, why do we have to keep this filthy girl?" Bellatrix asked, holding Luna.
"Shut up, Bella," Voldemort said, his eyes full of anger, "The boy will come." He then turned to his snake, "Nagini. Stay. You have to be safe."
Harry got out of the trance. They have Luna. They can’t hurt Luna. He has to save his Luna.
He left the room. When he arrived at the great hall, he saw the disaster that the dark Lord and his followers have done.
Neville and Oliver were carrying a dead body: Colin Creevey. Harry’s stomach lurched. He moved forward and saw Ron and Hermione, Bill and Fleur, Ginny, Fred and George, and Mr. and Mrs. WEasley huddled around a body. He moved closer and saw that it was Percy.
"He said sorry, you know?" Arthur said, "He went back to us and now—"
Harry couldn’t stay with them. He couldn’t stomach seeing the Weasleys hurt. But what he saw made him want to leave even more.
Remus and Tonks, lying down without life, hands as if reaching out to each other, eyes closed, peaceful beneath the turmoil of it all.
Harry wanted to cry, to shout, anything but he can’t. He had to leave. He had to face Voldemort. He didn’t want any more people to die, or be hurt. He was making his way out when he bumped into Neville.
"Harry? You okay?"
"Yes," He said, "Neville…I need you to do something."
"Sure, Harry," Neville answered, "What is it?"
"You know Voldemort’s snake, right?" Harry asked, "Nagini."
"Just in case, you get the chance, kill the snake."
"Kill the snake?"
"Thanks," Harry said.
"No problem," Neville said, "And Harry, we’re all going to keep fighting, you know?"
Harry nodded his head and started walking again.
"Harry, you’re not gonna give yourself up, are you?"
"I should go," Harry said and left.
Harry found himself at the forbidden forest. He took the golden snitch from his pocket whispered to it parseltongue and said, “I’m ready to die.”
Something came out of the snitch. A stone. It was black and small, and suddenly he felt less alone. He realized he was surrounded by his mother, his father, Sirius, and also Remus.
He held out his hand to touch his mom, and she did the same thing, but they couldn’t touch each other. He, however, realized how much their eyes were the same. Looking into his mother’s etes, he realized that it was as if Lily lived in him all along.
"Can everyone else see you?" Harry asked.
"No," Lily answered, smiling. "Harry, you’ve been so brave."
"You truly are," James said, "When I was your age—"
"All you did was hex people," Sirius said jokingly.
"Does it hurt?" He asked. "Dying?"
"Easier than falling asleep." Sirius answered.
"I’m sorry," Harry told them all, "I never wanted any of you to die," He faced Remus, "And you, Remus…Teddy’s just—"
"A baby," Remus said, "I’m sad I wouldn’t get to be with him more, but at least he has a chance to live in a much peaceful manner."
Harry nodded his head.
"Will you stay with me?"
"Always." Lily said.
"Until the very end." James added.
"Stay close with me." Harry said.
And then he walked deeper into the forest. He saw hagrid tied into a tree, and Luna, held by Bellatrix.
"Harry?" Hagrid said, "Dear boy, why did you come—"
"Ah, Harry Potter," Voldemort said, "The boy who lived has come to die."
"No, no, he’s not gonna die!" Luna said, "Harry, please, go, just—"
'CRucio!” Bellatrix pointed a wand at Luna. Luna fell on the floor, shaking, screaming.
"You will now longer hurt them!" Harry shouted, drawing out his wand, "Have me instead!"
"Your wish will be granted," Voldemort said coldly.
"HARRY!" He heard Luna scream.
'Avada Kedavra!” Voldemort said, and with a flash of green light, it was over.