Sirius facing a boggart.
Sirius felt like someone had punched him in his chest as he stared down at James’ lifeless body spread out on the floor in front of him. His hand shaking, he raised his wand and opened his mouth, but nothing came out.
This was ridiculous. They were helping clean James and Lily’s new house so the newly weds could move in. He had told Remus he’d be able to deal with the boggart in the kitchen cupboard. Feeling impatient and angry with himself, he tried to imagine something funny.
Crack. Dead Remus.
What was wrong with him? Why couldn’t he sort out a boggart?
Crack. Dead Peter. Crack. His family laughing at him as he searched in vain for his friends, unable to find any of them. He was alone in a dark place. He was becoming enveloped by darkness and Walburga Black’s loud cruel laugh was wringing in his ears.
Crack. The boggart was now a full moon. Sirius spun around to find Remus with his wand out. “Riddikulus”, said Remus firmly to the boggart. When it disappeared, Sirius sank to his knees, shaking, his jaw clenched, his eyes shut.
"Padfoot, it’s alright", said Remus, hurrying to his friends side and putting a hand on his shoulder. "It was just a boggart".
Sirius could hear James, Lily and Peter, laughing in the next room at a joke James had just narrated. He was being silly. No one was dead. He was not alone.
"Yeah", said Sirius still breathing heavily but trying to calm down. "Just a boggart".
Oh god guys. JK Rowling is a genius, and so is this person.
the thing I love about this fandom is that there are 7 books and 8 movies to observe. so every once in a while some blessed soul finds a piece of information that makes all the magic resurface again
Oh Lord…it’s a metaphor too. It’s symbolic of Neville holding on to his past, the horrors of what happened to his parents, of being a passive vessel for that atrocity. As if the terrible thing kept happening and would never stop happening.
When he moves forward and becomes part of his own story instead of the story of his past, his strength surges.
Reblogging this again because it got better
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