Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Great Battle of Hogwarts which took place on May, 2nd 1998 in the Wizarding World.
On this day we mourn beloved people like Fred Weasley, Nymphadora and Remus Lupin, Lavender Brown or Colin Creevey; however, it is also the day to celebrate the final defeat of the Dark Lord and his followers (boy, will we never forget the epic scene when Molly finally killed off that bitch Bellatrix Lestrange!).
It has also been twenty years since Harry, Ron and Hermione fought valiantly and Ron and Hermione FINALLY embarked on their romantic journey.
On this day, let's revere the departed and celebrate the living.
Fred Weasley was, as some would suggest, the better half of George Weasley. The twins were known for their mischievous streak and loved wreaking havoc at home and at school. We shall never forget their rebellion against Dolores Umbridge and their massively popular departure, only to become one of the best-selling joke stores in Diagon Alley (OK, the best).
Fred was the heart of soul of any party and his wit and humour made everyone's lives brighter and better. Sadly, he had to die, but a smile was on his face - even in death.
Far too young to depart, he will be mourned by his family and, specifically, his twin brother until eternity and leaves a huge void in the Weasley family.
Remus never had an easy life. Bitten at an early age by the vile Fenrir Greyback, he found friendship in Hogwarts, only for the four friends to be ripped apart again (thanks Peter for that). He lost one of his best friends as well as his secret love (because we all know he had feeling for Lily), and lost another friend to Azkaban, being blamed for James's death.
Most of his life he was discriminated for being a werewolf until, finally, Dumbledore gave him a chance and he became the best teacher in Hogwarts (only to be "outed" once more by horrible Snape, and yes, I will write a hate piece on him soon enough).
Always involved with the order, he met vibrant and young Nymphadora Tonks, who insisted on their love and got him round to marrying her. They had their little son, Teddy, but, sadly, as life goes Remus didn't live long enough to see his son grow up. He gave his life in the eternal battle against Voldemort which dominated his life and left his son an orphan, for a circle to re-commence.
Tonks was a great character, full of wit, humour and mischief (very much like the twins). She was beloved for her clumsiness and kindness and managed to capture the heart of the wonderful, yet neglected, Remus Lupin. She fought for their love and gave birth to a little baby boy called Teddy (after her father, who had been murdered by the Snatchers).
Despite not being at the height of her powers, Tonks decided to join her husband on the battlefield, which cost her life and made Teddy a full orphan.
Most of us remember Colin as the geeky, annoying child from book 2 who permanently wanted Harry's photo. However, he was also loyal, brave and direly wanted to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts, which, in the end, cost him his life at a far too young age.
All the other brave warriors
Listing them all here would take so long, so I want to make this last dedication to all the other people who left their lives on the battlefield. Their bravery will never be forgotten and their loss still captures us twenty years after. Their deaths have not been for nothing and they have majorly contributed to creating a safe and free world for the upcoming generations.
But let us not forget the living! Today also marks the eighteenth birthday of Victoire Weasley. Two years after the battle, on the exact day, Fleur and Bill's first daughter Victoire was born, her name in reverence to the defeat over Voldemort and as much dedication has already been given to the battle today, I want to concentrate on the first grandchild of Molly and Arthur Weasley.
We do not know a lot about Victoire, but that she has a certain proclivity for Teddy Lupin, the orphaned son of Nymphadora and Remus.
In the last chapter, James Potter (the second), catches them snogging on the platform as Teddy sees Victoire off. In Rita Skeeter's abysmal column on the Quidditch World Cup, it is also pointed out that Victoire seeks out the places in which Teddy lurks around.
We also know that she is partly of Veela descent, which most likely means she is as stunning as her mother and probably as sharp-tongued, too.
She has supposedly blonde or red hair and hopefully piercingly blue eyes of her mother.
So Happy Birthday, Victoire and have a great start into the working world of magic!