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The page is still a split frame.

On the left side:

Luna and Draco kill Millicent Bulstrode and Charles Warrington, leaving only Blaise Zabini alive. Zabini raises zir wand.

ZABINI: Fiendfyre! { Spoken as a spell incantation, in huge, jagged letters. }

A bright flame with blackness at its core appears at the tip of Zabini's wand.

LUNA: Hello, Blaise! Nice fire!

ZABINI: You like it, freak? I'm the only one here who can control it. So you're not going to kill me... Not unless Malfoy wants you to kill his whole House... we're not far from the dormitories... They'll be asleep... So I've got all the time I want here with you... I suppose Malfoy told you all about us. Well, let me tell you... You lot deserved everything we gave you. Weaklings... Mudbloods... Blood traitors... Freaks...

DRACO: Zabini, don't you dare! I'll– I'll–

Zabini smiles.

ZABINI: Is that a threat I hear? From Malfoy the deserter? You screamed like a little Muggle when we came for you...

Draco is pointing zir wand at Zabini angrily, and crying.

ZABINI: And... you! I'm not even going to dirty my lips with your name–

LUNA: I'm okay with whatever you want to say about me!

ZABINI: Well, you– You're–

Zabini swings zir wand towards Luna; the fire streaks brightly, and it becomes clear that dark creature-like shapes are forming in it.

On the right side of the page:

The portraits of former Headmasters and Headmistresses start yelling at Harry.

PORTRAIT 1: How dare you!

PORTRAIT 2: Attacking the Headmaster! It's a –

PAST HARRY: Shut up!


PORTRAIT 3: You should be ashamed!

PORTRAIT 4: No student of mine ever–

PAST HARRY: Shut up or I'll burn you all!

PORTRAIT 3: Ungrateful child!

PORTRAIT 2: Have you forgotten all the good Dumbledore has done you?

PAST HARRY: Incendio! Incendio! Incendio! { The incantation for the Fire-Making Spell. }

The office is engulfed in bright flames. The portraits burn. The devices on the side table fall and go to pieces. Amid the flames, Harry turns zir wand back towards Dumbledore.

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If you reread what I wrote about Zabini's gender before, you can now understand what I meant by “the role Zabini will play”. When you are writing a powerful, evil character, there is a whole minefield of possible gender stereotypes. If the character is male, it might say, “it's natural for male people to have the power all the time”. If the character is female, it's even worse: “make sure you don't let female people have power – this is what would happen!” And if you try to escape the dilemma by making your character non-binary or gender non-conforming, you just end up with “non-binary people are evil”.

My version of Zabini is binary and cis, and all of the other characters recognize zem as zir actual gender. The only people who don't know are me (the author) and you (the reader).

Approximate readability: 8.91 (613 characters, 144 words, 7 sentences, 4.26 characters per word, 20.57 words per sentence)