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We Are Only As Strong As We Are United

We Are Only As Strong As We Are United

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

Albus Dumbledore addressing the students of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang at the end-of-term feast (GF37: The Beginning)


Hermione has to remind Harry and Ron that this sentiment extends to inter-House unity as well.

"Don't you remember what Dumbledore said at the end-of-term feast last year?"

Harry and Ron both looked at her blankly, and Hermione sighed again.

"About You-Know-Who.  He said, 'His gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great.  We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust--"

"How do you remember stuff like that?" asked Ron, looking at her in admiration.

"I listen, Ron," said Hermione with a touch of asperity.

"So do I, but I still couldn't tell you exactly what--"

"The point," Hermione pressed on loudly, "is that this sort of thing is exactly what Dumbledore was talking about.  You-Know-Who's only been back two months, and we've started fighting among ourselves.  And the Sorting Hat's Warning was the same--stand together, be united--"

"And Harry said it last night," retorted Ron, "if that means we're supposed to get matey with the Slytherins, fat chance."

"Well, I think it's a pity we're not trying for a bit of inter-House unity," said Hermione crossly. (OP12)


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