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Epilogue

[日期:2012-08-09]   [字体: ]
Epilogue



Nineteen Years Later
Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp as an apple, and as the little family bobbed across the rumbling road toward the

GREat sooty station, the fumes of car exhausts and the breath of pedestrians sparkled like cobwebs in the cold air. Two large cages tattled on top of the laden trolleys the parents were pushing; the owls inside them hooted indignantly, and the redheaded girl trailed fearfully behind here brothers, clutching her father\'s arm.

"It won\'t be long, and you\'ll be going too," Harry told her.

"Two years," sniffed Lily. "I want to go now!"

The commuters stared curiously at the owls as the family wove its way toward the barrier between platforms nine and ten, Albus\'s voice drifted back to Harry over the surrounding clamor; his sons had resumed the argument they had started in the car.

"I won\'t! I won\'t be a Slytherin!"

"James, give it a rest!" said Ginny.

"I only said he might be," said James, grinning at his younger brother. "There\'s nothing wrong with that. He might be in Slytherin"

But James caught his mother\'s eye and fell silent. The five Potters approached the barrier. With a slightly cocky look over his shoulder at his younger brother, James took

the trolley from his mother and broke into a run. A moment later, he had vanished.

"You\'ll write to me, won\'t you?" Albus asked his parents immediately, capitalizing on the momentary absence of his brother.

"Every day, of you want us to," said Ginny.

"Not every day," said Albus quickly, "James says most people only get letters from home about once a month."

"We wrote to James three times a week last year," said Ginny.

"And you don\'t want to believe everything he tells you about Hogwarts," Harry put in. "He likes a laugh, your brother."

Side by side, they pushed the second trolley forward, gathering speed. As they reached the barrier, Albus winced, but no collision came. Instead, the family emerged

onto platform nine and three-quarters, which was obscured by thick white steam that was pouring from the scarlet Hogwarts Express. Indistinct figures were swarming through the mist, into which James had already disappeared.

"Where are they?" asked Albus anxiously, peering at the hazy forms they passed

as they made their way down the platform.

"We\'ll find them," said Ginny reassuringly.

But the vapor was dense, and it was difficult to make out anybody\'s faces. Detached from their owners, voices sounded unnaturally loud, Harry thought he head

Percy discoursing loudly on broomstick regulations, and was quite glad of the excuse not

to stop and say hello. . . .

"I think that\'s them, Al," said Ginny suddenly.



A group of four people emerged from the mist, standing alongside the very last carriage. Their faces only came into focus when Harry, Ginny, Lily, and Albus had drawn right up to them.

"Hi," said Albus, sounding immensely relieved.

Roses, who was already wearing her brand-new Hogwarts robes, beamed at him.

"Parked all right, then?" Ron asked Harry. "I did. Hermione didn\'t believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I\'d have to Confound the examiner."

"No, I didn\'t," said Hermione, "I had complete faith in you."

"As a matter of fact, I did Confund him," Ron whispered to Harry, as together

they lifted Albus\'s trunk and owl onto the train. "I only forgot to look in the wing mirror, and let\'s face it, I can use a Supersensory Charm for that."

Back on the platform, they found Lily and Hugo, Ro