Anonymous asked: Could you please explain that quote on James and Lily's tombstone? "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"
This is one the allegories of Harry Potter to the Bible, this verse was taken from 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 of the bible. This is the entire paragraph where it is taken from
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
As you could see and if you are too stubborn to read it the paragraph was rounded about resurrection, the life after death. When Satan brought sin to the world, death tagged along. Remember before when Adam & Eve was free from sin there was no concept of death and when sin finally came we became mortal and our lives had an end.
And when Jesus Christ as a man, conquered Satan, subdued sin and lastly encompassed death itself the next was resurrection. Along with the torment and punishment that the world betrothed to us resurrection would be a triumph over death, revealing that there is greater power above death which is God himself. So I believe this verse talks about life after death that in order to reach that stage of resurrection and eternal bliss there are enemies to be destroyed, first the sinners, sin and after having them underneath your feet, the last enemy to be destroyed is death.