Character: Minerva McGonagall
Word Count: 100
In that one moment, she had felt her heart stop beating.
In a war that already felt lost, in a night that had raged on past endurance she watched with her students and colleagues as Hagrid trudged towards them, bundle in his arms, Voldemort beside him.
As she looked from the monster she had known as a man and no longer recognized, to the familiar picture of Hagrid embracing the boy too small in his large arms, thoughts of a life lived too short between those two instances flashed before her.
“NO!!!” she wailed, and heard the collective hearts around her stop as well.