1998-Hogwarts, Great Hall

Hermione sat with the Weasley family in the aftermath of the battle. She felt numb, and she couldn't let herself think. They were huddled together—Molly, Arthur, Bill, Charlie, Percy, George, and Ginny. Harry, entering the Great Hall, saw them and came over.

"Madam Pomfrey says that Snape's going to make it," he said.

"At least someone is," said Arthur. "He really was on our side, the whole time?"

Harry nodded. "I wouldn't have been able to defeat Voldemort without him." He sat down next to Ginny and the grief hit him again.

He looked over at Hermione. "How are you?" Her grip on her wand was so tight that her knuckles were white.

"I don't want to think about it," she whispered.

Remus and Tonks staggered over. "Harry, you're all right," said Remus. He was exhausted and battle-scarred, but alive.

Tonks tried to smile at them, but she couldn't. Her hair was lank and brown, rather than its normal pink. "Where's Ron?" she asked.

Ginny got up and went to hug Tonks, and burst into tears. Tonks looked over Ginny's head and saw the look of defeat on Hermione's face. "What happened?" she asked.

"It was after Harry had gone—Ron went looking for him," Hermione said faintly. "Some Death Eaters found him. I—I found him...after..."