Aw. That was amazing.
I don't know what I was expecting, but I seriously wasn't expecting this. Though, I kind of joked around on my previous review about Harry being at Kings Cross and all. But I didn't expect it to happen...whoa.
This chapter made me bawl, which isn't really a surprise. I think most, if not all, the readers had a tear or two by the end of the chapter. The chapter impacts you in this weird, mind-blowing way and you just can't help but be teary, or in my case full-on bawl.
I wanted to reach-out to Harry so badly when he was talking about how he suffered after Ginny died. Gah, my heart died in that scene so much. And how he wanted to die, oh Harry. God, I'm so overwhelmed by all of this. I'm having a really hard time processing the fact that Harry wanted to die so badly. Not that I don't see his point or anything, but I don't know...Maybe I wasn't just expecting that coming from him, but it all makes sense when I think about it. He's lost so many people and to lose Ginny...*sob*
It makes me so happy that Ginny is so calm at the very start. It's like she didn't have a care in the world as she watched people passed by her and board the train. Maybe its the fact that she knows that her death was worth while, that can give a lot of peace to someone. And then when Harry came, the way she listened to him and told him to live his life to the fullest. I mean wow, cue the start of the bawls right there.
Dumbledore was beautifully portrayed, speaking his words of wisdom to Harry Potter for what might be the last time. I think your portrayal of him was very interesting and canon.
The trainman, I didn't give him much attention until he talked about the cloak. Then I realised at the end of the chapter that he's Death. That was a really clever idea, Dan, making him the trainman. Everything just falls into place.
I enjoyed this chapter very very much, despite the tears. I have so many emotions right now, I don't even know how to feel. Sad and happy at the same time, I haven't felt like this since my Nan died two years ago. I'm sad that Harry had to leave Ginny, but at least he's got answered questions and I'm sure he left the station with a much lighter feeling.
Chapter 39, is only a click away too, but I won't read it. I just checked the chapter title and seeing the words 'End Game', I don't think I'm prepared for the end. Not just yet.
Thank you so much Dan,
Author's Response: Hi!
So this scene is one of the few things that's been part of the story all the way back to the very earliest drafts, so I'm glad that you liked it. Harry was in desperate need of closure where Ginny's death was concerned. He just wasn't able to move on with his life. So this chapter is all about closure.
Ginny's death affected him so much more than he could explain to anybody else. With Ginny, he can talk about anything, and she'll understand. This is part of his problem. He lost not only his wife, but his best friend.
Ginny is calm at the start of the chapter because she doesn't recall what's happened to her. She really does believe that she's sitting in King's Cross, waiting for Harry to arrive so they can travel to Hogsmeade. It's my take on Dante's concept of purgatory, a place where the dead wait to move on until the major issues of their life are resolved. In Ginny's case, she waiting for Harry, because the two of them are meant to be together and she has died much too soon. That's what the Trainman means when he says that he's sorry she's running early.
Whew! You have no idea how glad I am that Dumbledore sounded right to you. He is *so* difficult and intimidating to write. I tweaked his dialog so many times before I was finally happy with it. You would not believe...
I'm really glad that you figured out who the Trainman is. On the one hand, I was worried that some readers might not figure it out. On the other hand, I wanted to keep it vague. It's meant to be a little "aha!" moment for readers when they realize who he is.
I think you really got the essential nature of what happens here. It is bittersweet. Harry doesn't want to leave Ginny again, but when he does, he is much more at peace with her death. He will never get over her, but at least he knows that her death served a purpose and that she will never stop loving him. For Harry, that's enough.
Just so you know, there are two more chapters after 39. Chapter 39 is the "final confrontation" between the heroes and the villains, but there were too many little plot threads that I needed to tie up somehow. So chapter 40 will be a series of short vignettes that address some of the major questions left over from the story while chapter 41 is the epilogue.
I feel weird and really flattered that you're thanking me, since I'm the one who should be thanking you. Your enthusiasm and support mean the world to me!