It is a good question and one I’d never ever given thought to til it was posed to us. I assumed based on nothing it was stunning spell, but I love the thought of a fatal banishing spell even more!
Ouch. I don’t think so but ouch.
There’s no definitive answer that I can find, only theories. Yours is good, but I’ve also read one that says the hand of a deceased member falls off when they die. I’m a fan of both as they’re much nicer than “it’s stuck at mortal peril”.
I’ve never set a precedence for this and that’s my fault as owner, but in the future to prevent cutting it too close to the actual word, if we could use the term “racial slur” instead, that would be wonderful. But to answer the question, I suspect that is very much the allegory Jo had in mind. Both are horrible slurs with a history of violence attached to them. The sad part is the woes of one disappears and is no longer an issue the moment you close a HP book, but the other still hangs over actual people’s heads every single day and threatens their way of life. So similar but not equal.
Psst. If you guys have Ello, you can follow me on there. I have no idea what I’m doing but at the very least, my inability to navigate a website could prove entertaining.
*sits you down and looks into your eyes in a way that makes you feel nervous* There’s no good way to put this, so I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I will never love you as much as I love Harry Potter.
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Harry James Potter
"Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man."
Oh man, here we go:
I feel very deeply that he was a Hufflepuff (half-blood, with a muggle mother and a muggle-centric upbringing because his dad passed away early in Florean’s life) and that his easy access to the Hogwarts’ kitchens began his lifelong passion for food. It started in his 3rd year with sneaking and talking the house elves into extra desserts to take back to the common room (he had a sweet tooth) and eventually grew to him being fascinated with the process of preparing and cooking and baking. He spent a great deal of time watching the elves put together the meals everyone would eat and he learned a lot.
After Hogwarts, he took a job at the Leaky Cauldron as a cook. It was there he noticed during the summer months, frozen butterbeer was incredibly popular, but it was the only treat of its kind being offered. He took the idea of adding more summer-friendly desserts to the menu to the owner, but was shot down. Florean didn’t let go of the idea, though. Instead, he began creating ice cream recipes in his free time and had family and friends test his concoctions every time he came up with a new flavour. They all assured him he had a good idea and the talent to pull off his own place, so, with their help and encouragement, he bought a small shop with a flat above it in Diagon Alley, which would eventually become Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Emporium. We know from the books the emporium was a success and I think his time spent at his shop interacting with customers was his happiest.
It’s heavily implied in HBP that Florean is killed by Death Eaters after being dragged away from Diagon Alley, but I can’t accept that. In my head, Florean saw that DA’s decadence was slowly dwindling away under Voldemort’s regime, and he refused to have his shop he worked so hard for and loved so much forcibly taken from him. So he left by choice. He staged his own disappearance and went into hiding in Muggle London. He adjusted decently and took a job in a muggle bank, where he met and fell in love with a lovely black woman (who also turned out to be a witch in hiding!). The pair dated for a few years before marrying.
Sometime after the war, Florean and his new wife reemerged into the wizarding world and reopened the ice cream shop. The flat above it was too small for two people, so they moved into a quaint little house not far from the Lovegoods. They used the flat for storage. After reestablishing his previous success with the emporium, he opened its twin in Hogsmeade in 2008. He and his wife are both very hands-on in the business, and living happily. Ex-members of Dumbledore’s Army + their families haven’t had to pay for ice cream in years.