When people tell me "They're just fictional characters", I feel bad for that person because their imagination is so stunted that they can't feel the life breathing from the characters that are alive in ways they cannot ever understand.
2. After the final battle Neville went to St. Mungos to tell his parents that their torturers were dead, of the part he played both at Hogwarts and during the final battle, and that after all the years of fighting, there was finally peace. As he told them, for the first time since he was a child, he cried in front of them. Somewhere, beneath the insanity and torture, her mother’s instinct still lived because Alice reached out and held her son’s hand as he cried for all he had lost.