By Sara Pearce
The Cincinnati Enquirer
When the June 21 release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was announced it was accompanied by this enticing excerpt:
"Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.' "
We asked you to tell us - in 25 words or less - what the Hogwarts headmaster says next and heard from thousands of you. There were entries from Blue Ash and Malaysia, from Fort Thomas and Denmark, from Loveland and Louisiana.
Here are the winners (when answers were duplicated, the earliest entry was selected):
"Harry, I've watched you grow over the past five years, and I miss your parents as I have done so. You see Harry ... I am your grandfather." - Jessica Collins, 14, Milford
"Although you and Voldemort appear to share nothing, you actually share your father. James Potter was Voldemort's son. You are his grandson." Horrified, Harry gasped. - Mak Kroger, 10, Walton
"Your parents aren't dead. They're trapped in the wand that's a brother to yours. That wand belongs to the one who gave you that scar." - Danny Brooks, 12, Middletown
"When you were born, you were a twin and you still are a twin. Your twin attends this very school, HER name is Hermione." - Kayte Baker, 17, Anderson Township
The winning entries in our contest reflect the most popular answers. But we had so many runners-up that we threw them into a sorting hat and here's what came out ...
"My days are limited, Harry. You have the special ability Hogwarts needs throughout the years to come. I'm dying, Harry, and you're the one ..." - Emily Odioso, 14, Loveland High School
"Harry, you are the last remaining descendant of Godric Gryffindor, you are therefore the greatest threat to the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin, Lord Voldemort." - Danielle Thorsteinson, 18, West Hills, Calif.
"You were given a special spell, ordo pro avitus, The Order of the Phoenix. It's a great and powerful spell only given to choice wizards." Bridget Wolfe-Bertling,14, Covington
"The bloodlines of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin are united in one wizard who is destined to be the greatest wizard of all time ... You." - Ellen Baker, 44, Madeira
"I know this will come as a shock. You were adopted shortly after you were born Harry. Your real father is Lucius Malfoy." - Tiffanne Campbell, 30, Springfield Township
"You are the heir of both Gryffindor and Slytherin. Lily descended from Slytherin and James from Gryffindor. Both great bloodlines are joined in you!" - Jackie Madden, 13, Dillonvale
"Harry, today is the day of your parents' death and in a few hours it will be the same time also ..." - Avni Bapat, 8, West Chester Township
"You are not of this timeline. Voldemort cannot kill you, because by killing you, he would destroy himself. He cannot, for he is your son." - Carpenter family: John, 50; Suz, 52; Steve, 23; Matt, 16, Groesbeck
"Harry, your parents aren't dead, they've been unconscious for 15 years but not dead. You need dragon horns, basilisk fang and mandrakes to cure them." - Nick Fries, 8, Terrace Park
"Your enemy is within Hogwarts. Someone you will never see face to face. It's you. You're a dark wizard, and you will never escape it.'' - Bethany Harris, 12, Bridgetown Middle School
"Harry, Hermione is Voldemort's niece. She does not know yet, but Malfoy does. He is determined to marry her and become Voldemort's heir." - Megan Damcevski, 12, Bridgetown
"Harry, your relatives are a protection from Voldemort. Like your mother's protection, it is old magic and it cannot be traced. The spell is ..." - Bethany Glunt, 10, Liberty Township
(PS: I hope you pick my response to print, because I would feel like I were a published writer, like J.K. Rowling.)
"I am your great grandfather. Voldemort is your grandfather. James is alive and in hiding. Harry, are you breathing?" He wasn't ready for the shock. - Phil Woodward, 12, Fort Thomas
"Harry, your destiny was chosen before you were even born. You have to vanquish Voldemort in a way that he will never harm another soul." - Ryan O'Connor, 12, Adena Elementary School
"I don't know how to start, but your parents aren't dead." "But Voldemort killed them." "Let me finish, they are undercover wizards."- Joe Kulifay Jr., 10, Fairfield
"Voldemort wants you dead, Harry, because you possess something so glorious and powerful, that it's internally destroying him. You inherited the Order of the Phoenix." - Cam Catalfu, 14, Loveland
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