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Quote #7

There was a clatter as the basilisk fans cascaded out of Hermione's arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.

"Is this the moment?" Harry asked weakly, and when nothing happened except that Ron and Hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice. "OI! There's a war going on here!"

Ron and Hermione broke apart, their arms still around each other.

"I know, mate," said Ron… "so it's now or never, isn't it?" (31.120-123)

In times of desperation, it seems that the things that have been hidden beneath the surface all come out – such as Ron and Hermione's love for each other. No surprise here – we all totally saw that one coming.

Quote #8

"But this is touching, Severus," said Dumbledore seriously. "Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?"

"For him?" shouted Snape. "Expecto Patronum!"

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

"After all this time?"

"Always," said Snape.

Snape's finest quality – his loyal love for Lily – informs the most intimate part of himself, his Patronus.

Quote #9

"NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" (36.78)

Language alert! We've see Mrs. Weasley upset before, but never really enraged – yet, here, after Bellatrix Lestrange threatened Ginny's life, this angry mama bear rushes out to savagely defend her cub. Her maternal love is the fuel to her fire, and she will do anything to save her family – like another mother we've just seen, Narcissa Malfoy.

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