A Day of Remembrance

Saluting Trade Center Memorial

Although we at Art of Spying tend to focus on the whimsical and the entertainment value of the Potter series, there are some days where we must take a moment to be serious, and this is one of those days. However, the magic of Harry Potter is that it portrays both the light and dark in the world and, perhaps, offers a way to deal with the dark moments even as it helps us to celebrate the light ones.

The September 11th attacks happened 13 years ago today.

Many of our readers grew up not only with Harry Potter, but the specter of the twin towers falling, the Pentagon burning, and a plane burrowing in upon a flat Pennsylvania field.

There were many heroes that day.  Some lived.  Some didn’t.

Some were victims of chance, being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  But many were persons who chose to be there, chose to walk up those steps, fight those fires, take over a hijacked plane, put themselves in harm’s way.

All are worthy of our remembrance.

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we all were touched by the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the true greater good, a life without fear, without torture, without the specter of an evil Dark Lord who wanted to not only control the world, but torment it.

Lupin and Resurrection Stone

In one of the scenes of the final battle of Hogwarts, Harry enters the great hall to see bodies strewn on the floor:  Tonks, Remus, Fred, and even little Colin Creevey.  Many of us, as we read this abject scene, shed tears.

Death is hard.  And yet sacrifice based purely on principle, or in aid of another, is perhaps the greatest virtue that one can envision or dare to impart.

For every person who lost his or her life in the final Battle of Hogwarts, hundreds perished on 9/11.  Every one of them had a family, loved ones, children waiting for a parent to come home . . . who never did.

So on this day, when we remember sacrifice – and death – and choosing to help others – and dying for a principle – let us pause for just a moment, and think of that which is worth fighting for.

Something Worth Fighting For

Today we call most fervently upon the memory of those who have, in support of freedom and in the assistance of others, done what needed to be done, at times giving the greatest sacrifice.

To those we give thanks, and our solemn remembrance.

Respectfully,

Lynn and Peter

Top Secret Answers to Monday’s Quiz!

Harry Potter Trivia

On Monday we published the first of our weekly quizzes about the art of spying tidbits that can be found throughout the Harry Potter series. Here it is again with the answers!

1. Name the squib assigned as a sleeper agent to look after Harry when he was at the Dursley’s house over the summer.

Arabella Doreen Figg 

2. Name two open-source mediums Harry uses in the summer between his fourth and fifth year at Hogwarts to determine if Sirius Black has been captured.

Muggle television news reports and the Daily Prophet 

3. Who was assigned to watch over Harry at the beginning of book 5 but left his post because of a “very good business opportunity”?

Mundungus Fletcher 

4. Name the special communication device that is on Harry at all times.

His scar. 

5. What is it that makes number four, Privet Drive a safe house for Harry?

The charm created between his mother’s blood that protects him. 

6. What was the cover story the Dursley told Harry as to how his parents had died?

  In an automobile accident. 

7. What is the name of the school that Harry supposedly attended, used as a cover story by the Dursley’s for their neighbors?

St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys

8. What is the name of the security squad that comes to take Harry away from Privet Drive after being attacked by the dementors?

The advance guard

9. Before Harry is taken from the Dursley’s in book 5 he is asked a security question to make sure he is the real Harry Potter – what was he asked?

What form does your Patronus take?

10. Tonks used disinformation to get the Dursley’s to leave their home on the evening that Harry is rescued from the home. What did the Dursleys think they were leaving for?

To receive the All-England Best-Kept Suburban Lawn

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