Friday, July 15, 2011

Independence Day Flash Fiction - Harry Potter Style

Let me preface this post by stating very clearly - I HAVE NOT READ ANY OF THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS. I love the movies, but have not read the books.

Last night, my hubby and I went to the Harry Potter finale double feature. HP part 2 was awesome! I loved it! This morning, when I got up to write for Ali's flash fiction blogfest, Harry Potter was totally on the brain. And I started to imagine what the celebration banquet might have been like. What might have happened? Who would attend? I didn't want to write a typical Harry scene, so decided to go with one of my favorite characters - Luna Lovegood. So here - in 250 words - is just a small sample of what I would imagine just might happen.



Torches filled Hogwart’s Great Hall once more, chasing the shadows from every corner. A symbol that the Dark Lord was truly defeated. A celebration banquet was in full swing. Tables groaned under the weight of the food, a cacophony of voices filled the room. Some recounted their part in the war against Voldemort, others shared tender memories of their loved ones who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

“How are you, my dear?”

Luna smiled at her father. Since their reunion, he had not been far from her side. New wrinkles lined his face, but happiness shone from his eyes.

“I’m happy, Father. Isn’t it wonderful to have our friends together?”

Luna looked around, marking her friends’ spots at Gryffindor table. Harry, Hermoine, and the Weasley family were partway down the table. And Neville – her sweet, heroic Neville – sat across from her. 

The torches flickered and the Great Hall grew quiet. Tension reflected from her father’s face. Then suddenly, the room was filled with the spirits of all who had lost their lives in the war. Luna heard Mrs. Weasley gasp. Luna searched, and yes, there was Mrs. Weasley’s son at the front of the room. But there in the middle of them all was Dumbledore.

“My dear, dear friends. Tonight we gather to reflect and celebrate. We fought a great war – each of us united. Let us mark this event forever in our memories as the day we took a stand, fought for the right, and won independence from evil.” 

- 250 words

18 comments:

Cathy Witbeck said...

I love it. Independence Harry Potter style. Great stuff.

Mary Campbell said...

Ah - so sad that Harry Potter is done. I haven't seen the last movie yet - so excited to see it. Love your tribute to independence and Harry Potter.

Nisa said...

That was great! I can just imagine the celebrations!

Funny thing. I was reading this and the TV is going on in the background. Just as I was finishing your story, the newscaster switched from politics to playing a scene from Harry Potter. What timing!

Melissa Lemon said...

I love Luna! I saw it last night too. (Well, it was actually very early this morning--yawn.) Fun post.

Gail said...

I wish I'd seen it. But I love your take. Luna is one of my favorite characters.

Brianna said...

Very cool interpretation of the theme and the use of Harry Potter!

Stacy Henrie said...

Very fun and timely! :) I've never read a Harry Potter book either and I stopped watching the movies at like number 3. Maybe when my kids are a little older we'll delve in.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I'm waiting to see the last movie. You are like me. I'm always asking "What happens next?" and filling it in for myself.

C. K. Bryant said...

Aw, Nuts. I haven't read the last book and now I know how it ends and who dies. ;-) WELL DONE, though. I love Luna too.

ali said...

This is FAN-freakintastic! I love Luna BEST so right away you had me. But truly - so timely and perfect!

Thanks Danyelle!

Lacie Myers said...

You are making history by honoring Harry Potter today. Nice scene. Luna is a quirky masterpiece!

Julie said...

I love that you incorporated HP into the blogfest! Thats awesome! Also, creative to tell it from Luna's perspective ( : she's such a cute, quirky girl!

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Nice way to play tribute to the movie! Very nice indeed.

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Karen Hoover said...

Okay, that actually gave me chills there at the end, and I do mean the good kind. Very well done! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a lovely independence day celebration. Nice job.

But you really should read the books. Only people who are afraid to move on stay behind as ghosts.

***movie spoiler alert***
In the final battle in the DH2 is where I was disappointed in the film. All those times Harry faced Voldie with only Voldie's supporters as witnesses. Finally in the finally confrontation with him, all those people were watching (in the book). The way the film showed Voldie's body flaking away, how can Harry prove he's really dead?

Canda said...

Oh, I love that! What a great take on the theme.

Kelley @ Between the Bookends said...

That was wonderful!

I thought the last movie was fantastic. I had finished the book so long ago, that I didn't even remember how it ended! (I remembered the climax, but not the actual ending.)

I read the first book when I was nine. Now I feel like my childhood ended. haha

I'm a new blogger and aspiring author. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Neat! I like the "Harry Potter" theme.

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