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"Harry saw the look of mingled fear and surprise on his godfather's wasted, once-handsome face as he fell through the ancient doorway and disappeared behind the veil, which fluttered for a moment as though in a high wind, then fell back into place." (OP36)

A room dominated by a free-standing archway, used to study the mysteries of death. It is located in the Department of Mysteries on Level Nine of the Ministry of Magic (OP34).

This room quite large and also rectangular (OP36). It is dimly lit. In the center is a sunken stone pit some twenty feet deep. Stone benches run all around the room and descend in steep steps toward a raised stone dais in the centre of the pit. An ancient, crumbling stone archway, unsupported by any surrounding wall, stands on this dais. This archway is hung with a tattered black curtain which flutters very slightly as though it had just been touched, although the air in the room is still and cold. Some people can hear voices throught the veil; it would seem that those who have lost loved ones are the ones who can hear voices, but this has not been stated specifically (OP34).

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  • Elias Thienpont

    The LION thinks that the arch was built in the 1100s when curious wizards sought to discover the facts about Heaven, Hell, and the afterlife. They got the Death part correctly, but if any discoveries were made it is quite unknown, since no one has ever comeback through the portal to report on this. The fact of the matter is that many wizards have difficulty with their faith since both the Catholic Church and the Church of England frown on magic, and because from these two faiths pastors are assigned by their bishops. It is true that Calvinism also frowns mightily on magic, but it does encourage free though and belief, and pastors are elected by each congregation, Thus a congregation in a largely wizard community such as Godric’s Hollow would hire a wizard as a pastor.

    While wizards may not use the language of faith, Dumbledore’s explanation to Harry about “going on” puts his thoughts at least in line with mainstream Judeo-Christian-Islamic thought. It may also be said that “faith requires no proof”

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