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14 July 2006 @ 07:00 am
A letter posted to both 7th Year Gryffindor dormitory doors Friday morning  
Fellow Gryffindors,

As your final term draws to a close, it would be rather remiss of me not to mention how thoroughly I enjoyed the privilege of getting to know each of you this year. Despite the circumstances that led me to this post, it has been an honour to serve as your Head of House.

As you bid your final farewells to this castle tonight, know that when you leave these walls tomorrow, you will not leave alone. You take with you a legacy of great deeds and bold hearts, a legacy each and every one of you has upheld honourably this year. I have watched as each of you discovered the cost of choosing what is right over what comes easily, a steep price no one your age should ever have to pay. I'm afraid there is very little assurance I can offer for your futures, but as for the present, know that you have made your predecessors proud. You have certainly made me proud of you. And though I hesitate to speak on his behalf, I think I can safely say you have made Albus Dumbledore most proud of all.

I have little advice to offer you but this: know yourselves, and do not be made to doubt your own hearts. Trite, I know, but it's not as easy as it sounds. If you look deep inside your own minds, you will find that you know more than you give yourselves credit for. I have faith in each of you, that when the time comes to put all that you have learned behind these walls to the test, and the time will come, you will rise to the occasion. Don't allow time and distance separate you from the friendships you have made at Hogwarts. These friendships will last you a lifetime, and will even save your life, if you let them.

But most of all, don't forget that a little mischief goes a long way. As does a little rum, Mr. Finnigan.

--Professor Lupin