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Expecto Patronum is only really hard the first time. After that you can remember the joy of feeling it fly free from your wand, and it almost conjures itself. It's not that it gives you something in common with him – no, never mind the Dementors or Dumbledore's Army – Cho practices alone just to see the silver swan sailing over the lake. Even when her own limbs won't move right, when she trips over her words, when she fears for her life and all her friends, there's a center of calm and grace at Hogwarts, and it comes from inside her.