Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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…and then [Ginny] was kissing him as she had never kissed him before, and Harry was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhiskey; she was the only real thing in the world. (7.42)
Ah, l'amour, l'amour. This is the one real moment of undiluted romance we get in the book, and it's so sweet – but, unfortunately for the two lovebirds, very brief. Here, Harry feels for the first time the utter consumption of real love.
"After you left," he said in a low voice, grateful for the fact that Ron's face was hidden, "she cried for a week. Probably longer, only she didn't want me to see. There were loads of nights when we never even spoke to each other. With you gone…"
He could not finish; it was only now that Ron was here again that Harry fully realized how much his absence had cost them.
"She's like my sister," he went on. "I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It's always been like that. I thought you knew." (19.90-92)
Here, we see three kinds of love emerge out of our trio of friends – the bromance between Ron and Harry, the sibling-like love between Harry and Hermione, and, finally, the romantic love between Ron and Hermione. Ooh la la. (About time.)
Xenophilius looked ghastly, a century old, his lips drawn back into a dreadful leer.
"They will be here any moment. I must save Luna. I cannot lose Luna. You must not leave." (21.85)
Xenophilius Lovegood here demonstrates the desperation of a distraught parent – he loves his daughter more than anything else, and is willing to turn Harry over (despite the fact that until now he's fully been on Harry's side) in order to ensure Luna's safe return.