We once named J.K. Rowling one of the most essential authors to follow on Twitter, and it seems like she proves us right almost every week. Rowling has recently told us a sad secret about Hagrid and revealed Hogwarts’ tuition. Now, she’s revealed another cool tidbit: her favorite chapter in the entire seven-book Harry Potter series. And boy, is it a moving one.
Twitter user Rob McCarter posed the question, and Rowling answered almost instantly: her favorite Harry Potter chapter is Chapter 34 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, entitled “The Forest Again.”
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It’s a fascinating choice, because “The Forest Again” is a tough chapter to read. In the chapter, Harry is headed into the woods for his final duel with Voldemort. First, he opens a special Golden Snitch that Dumbledore has given him, and, after turning the Resurrection Stone in his hand, is greeted with the spirits of his dead parents. That’s all we’ll give away (we would never spoil Harry Potter for you), but suffice it to say that the chapter is an incredibly emotional piece of writing.
Because of the tear-jerking quality of “The Forest Again,” plenty of fans were surprised by the choice. But Rowling explained that the piece of writing was the “culmination” of all of her work. Rowling worked for 17 years on her saga, and this emotional chapter was the climax of all of that.
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