Chapter: Chapter 22, After The Burial
Brief summary of scene: Slughorn gives Harry an important memory
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"Be brave like my mother, Professor...."
Slughorn raised a pudgy hand and pressed his shaking fingers to his mouth; he looked for a moment like an enormously overgrown baby.
"I am not proud..." he whispered through his fingers. "I am ashamed of what -- of what that memory shows.... I think I may have done great damage that day...."
"You'd cancel out anything you did by giving me the memory," said Harry. "It would be a very brave and noble thing to do."
Hagrid twitched in his sleep and snored on. Slughorn and Harry stared at each other over the guttering candle. There was a long, long silence, but Felix Felicis told Harry not to break it, to wait.
There, very slowly, Slughorn put his other hand inside his cloak and took out a small, empty bottle. Still looking at Harry's eyes, Slughorn touched the tip of his wand to his temple and withdrew it, so that a long, silver thread of memory came away too, clinging to the wand tip. Longer and longer the memory stretched until it broke and swung, silvery bright, from the wand. Slughorn lowered it into the bottle where it coiled, then spread, swirling like gas. He corked the bottle with a trembling hand and then passed it across the table to Harry.
"Thank you very much, Professor."
"You're a good boy," said Professor Slughorn, tears trickling dfown his fat cheeks into his walrus mustache. "And you've got her eyes...Just don't think too badly of me once you've seen it...."
And he too put his head on his arms, gave a deep sigh, and fell asleep.