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Quote #4

Harry drew closer, gazing up into his parents' faces. He had never imagined that there would be a statue. […] How strange it was to see himself represented in stone, a happy baby without a scar on his forehead… (16.57)

The sense of what might have been weighs heavily upon Harry in Godric's Hollow; he can't help but wonder what life would have been like if he wasn't the Chosen One. The image of himself as an infant seems particularly confusing – after all, what would Harry be like without his scar, without his mission?

Quote #5

He had spilled his own blood more times than he could count; he had lost all the bones in his right arm once; this journey had already given him scars to his chest and forearm to join those on his hand and forehead, but never, until this moment, had he felt himself to be fatally weakened, vulnerable, and naked, as though the best part of his magical power had been torn from him. (18.2)

Harry's wand is Harry, in his mind – and without it, he feels at a loss. This demonstrates how closely a wizard's wand is tied to his own personality; without the special wand that's seen him through encounters with Voldemort, he feels like he's not fully himself.

Quote #6

"…I'm as hunted quite as much as any goblin or elf, Griphook! I'm a Mudblood!"

"Don't call yourself –." Ron muttered.

"Why shouldn't I?" said Hermione. "Mudblood, and proud of it!" (24.87)

Hermione shows her strength and her confidence in her own identity here – she's not ashamed of her Muggle background, and she knows that it makes no difference to her Wizarding abilities.

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