Ten year old Jimmy Gardner glanced at the clock and wished for time
speed up. It was already late in the evening, but bedtime seemed so
away. It wasn't as if he wanted to go to sleep, he wanted his mother
finish reading him the book they had started a few weeks ago.
Actually, it was a whole series of seven books and his mother
been reading them to him every night for a year. Sometimes, they
read for hours just to get to a good stopping point. Jimmy never
her to stop, but after a while, she would always say that it was
and he needed to sleep. He would have taken the books and read
himself if his mother wasn't such a good storyteller. She acted
the characters and did their voices and everything. She made it
like they were real people. It was too much fun when she read to
He looked over at his mom and dad, cuddled up on the sofa
the television. When would their show end? When would she finish
story? He pushed his glasses up on his nose and continued with his
He saw his mother glance over at him. As if his mother could read
mind, she suddenly said to him, "All right. Go upstairs and get
for bed. I'll be up shortly and we'll finish the story."
He jumped down from the couch and rushed up the stairs to his
His clothes were off and he had his pajamas on faster than
He looked all over for his glasses case, but couldn't find it. He
and decided he'd just have to tell mom he'd lost it. He raced to
bathroom quickly brush his teeth, and ran back to his bedroom to
the conclusion of the best story he had ever heard. As he climbed
bed he saw that his case was right there on his nightstand. He
have just overlooked it.
His mother soon came into the room, walked over to the bookcase,
took down the large book off the shelf. She pulled up a chair next
her son's bed and began to read. It was a very exciting story
a boy named Harry Potter who was a wizard and went to a magical
He had a terrible enemy that had tried to kill him many times. In
the last of the seven books, Harry and his friends managed to
defeat the dark Wizard and graduate from Hogwarts School of
and Wizardry. Jimmy listened to his mother with wide eyes.
"Ginny turned and went inside the house.
She couldn't bear to watch him leave.
Ron watched her drop her head as a tear fell down her
Ron knew that this would be hardest on Ginny, but it was
for him and Hermione, too."
" They watched as Harry headed down the street
the Muggle world. They still didn't understand why he needed to do
but they weren't going to argue with him. They had all grown up so
this last year. They had all lost a dear friend."
"Ron put an arm around Hermione and said, 'He'll be back.
"I'm not worried Ron. I'm just sad ...that it's all
"He smiled at her. 'It's not ending, it's just
"They looked back at their friend who had changed so much.
just physically, but emotionally. The loss of Harry's scar had
more than his appearance. He was different. But
this was now a different world. A world where they didn't fear for
lives. A world where Harry Potter would always be 'the Boy Who
...with or without his scar."
Jimmy watched as his mother shut the book and smiled down
him. "That's it?" He wrinkled his forehead. "That's the end?"
"That's the end."
"What a stupid ending! Harry goes and lives with the Muggles?
on Mom, there's got to be more!"
"Nope, that's the last of them."
"Well...what happens now? I mean...does Ron get to play
Quidditch...or do he and Hermione get married? Does Sirius go work
the Ministry? And does Ginny end up with Harry?"
"I'm sorry but there're just no more books!"
He flopped his back down on the bed in protest. "Why did you
me this stuff if you knew it ended so stupidly?"
"I rather like the ending. It leaves so much open for our
His mother tucked him into bed and kissed him on the forehead.
go to sleep and dream up a better ending for Harry and his
She turned off the light and closed the bedroom door, leaving
son in a state of frustration. She continued down the hall to her
bedroom where she found her husband sitting up in bed reading a
He looked at her from behind those glasses and smiled.
"You know, I think I liked the older glasses better," she said
she began getting herself ready for bed.
"Nah, they were too big and clunky. I like these much better."
"But your other ones had so much character, Henry." She brushed
her long, red hair.
"Jenny, look at this!" He pointed to something in the paper. "It
like Don is going to play for the cup this year! His team won the
"That's wonderful. We'll have to have him and Harmony over to
She curled up in bed next to her husband and he put out the
Wrapping his arm around his wife Henry said, "Did he like the
"Yes, right up until the part where it ended and Harry went off
live with the Muggles leaving Ginny behind with Ron and Hermione."
played with a tuft of his black hair.
Henry looked over at his wife. "Did you tell him that Harry came
for her and that they got married and lived happily ever after?"
"No, how would I know a thing like that when the book ends after
last school year?"
"Because it's the truth."
"Well, I know that and you know that, but the books don't cover
"Well they should."
They lay there quietly for a while. Jenny spoke softly. "When do
it will be time to tell him the truth?"
Henry sighed, "Well, he'll be getting his letter from Hogwarts
enough. I suppose we'll have to tell him before that. Maybe while
is here for a visit."
"I hope he'll be excited. I mean, it will be strange for him to
out that he's related to the characters he's been reading about,
I think he'll be happy to know how it all really ended."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, that Henry Gardner ended up marrying Jenny, Earnest White
for the DMLE, and that Don did get to play professional
he married Harmony."
"Don't the books call her Hermione?" asked a sleepy Henry.
"Yes...and unfortunately, they make her sound fairly ugly."
"Don will be upset about that."
"Um hum..." She agreed and slowly drifted off to sleep.