Who says I've given up?

Harry, Hermione and Ron ask Aberforth to help them into the castle

Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Aberforth seemed lost in contemplation of his own knotted and veined hands. After a long pause, he said, ‘How can you be sure, Potter, that my brother wasn’t more interested in the greater good than in you? How can you be sure you aren’t dispensable, just like my little sister?’

A shard of ice seemed to pierce Harry’s heart.

‘I don’t believe it. Dumbledore loved Harry,’ said Hermione.

‘Why didn’t he tell him to hide, then?’ shot back Aberforth. ‘Why didn’t he say to him, take care of yourself, here’s how to survive?’

‘Because,’ said Harry, before Hermione could answer, ‘sometimes you’ve got to think about more than your own safety! Sometimes you’ve got to think about the greater good! This is war!’

‘You’re seventeen, boy!’

‘I’m of age, and I’m going to keep fighting even if you’ve given up!’

‘Who says I’ve given up?’

‘“The Order of the Phoenix is finished,”’ Harry repeated. ‘“You-Know-Who’s won, it’s over, and anyone who’s pretending different’s kidding themselves.” ’

‘I don’t say I like it, but it’s the truth!’

‘No, it isn’t,’ said Harry. ‘Your brother knew how to finish You-Know-Who and he passed the knowledge on to me. I’m going to keep going until I succeed – or I die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.’

He waited for Aberforth to jeer or to argue, but he did not. He merely scowled.

‘We need to get into Hogwarts,’ said Harry again. ‘If you can’t help us, we’ll wait ’til daybreak, leave you in peace and try to find a way in ourselves. If you can help us – well, now would be a great time to mention it.’

Aberforth remained fixed in his chair, gazing at Harry with the eyes that were so extraordinarily like his brother’s. At last he cleared his throat, got to his feet, walked around the little table and approached the portrait of Ariana.

‘You know what to do,’ he said.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling