"Wow--that's right, I forgot! I'm seventeen!"
-- Harry Potter (DH7)
Harry, staying at the Burrow, wakes up from a dream of Voldemort searching for Gregorovich and realizes that the Trace is removed. He does random magic (Accio Glasses) and is given a book from Ron who tells him:
“This isn’t your average book. It’s pure gold: Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Explains everything you need to know about girls … You’d be surprised, it’s not all about wandwork, either.”
He comes downstairs to find other presents, including the traditional wristwatch. Molly explains:
“I’m afraid that one isn’t new like Ron’s, it was actually my brother Fabian’s and he wasn’t terribly careful with his possessions, it’s a bit dented on the back, but-” The rest of her speech was lost; Harry had got up and hugged her, He tried to put a lot of unsaid things into the hug and perhaps she understood them, because she patted his cheek clumsily when he released her, then waved her wand in a slightly random way, causing half a pack of bacon out of the frying pan onto the floor.
He also received a new Sneakoscope, an enchanted razor from Bill and Fleur, chocolates from the Delacours, and a large box of the latest merchandise from Weasely’s Wizard Wheezes, courtesy of Fred and George.
The best present of all, however, comes from Ginny:
“I couldn’t think what to get you,” she said. “I didn’t know what would be useful. Nothing too big, because you wouldn’t be able to take it with you.” He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brother must have toughened her up. She took a step closer to him. “So then I thought, I’d like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you meet some veela when you’re off doing whatever you’re doing.”
“I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest.”
“There’s the silver lining I’ve been looking for,” she whispered, and then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before, and Harry was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world, Ginny, the feel of her, one hand at her back and one in her long, sweet-smelling hair—
Later that day there is a small party attended by Charlie, Lupin, Tonks, and Hagrid — and unexpectedly, the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour.
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