When attempting to extract a memory from Horace Slughorn, Harry is treated to a wistful story from the old potions master that reveals a little more about his mother. “One spring afternoon I discovered a bowl on my desk,” he begins, “just a few inches of clear water in it. Floating on the surface was a flower petal...as I watched, it sank...just before it reached the bottom, it was transformed, into a fish. It was beautiful magic, wondrous to behold. The flower petal had come from a Lily, your mother. The day I came downstairs, the day the bowl was empty, was the day your mother....I know why you're here...but I can't help you. It would ruin me.”
Better On Film?
It only happens in the film! The memory extraction is a device from the book, but Slughorn’s story only takes place on screen. Delivered with panache by Jim Broadbent it’s both beautiful and impossibly sad.
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