There’s another, quieter lesson that JK Rowling embeds of denouement that follows the climactic duel between our hero and villain. Harry holds the elder wand, and with it the potential for immeasurable power. Rather than keeping it for himself, he places the wand at Dumbledore’s grave (or, in the movie, snaps it in two), in so doing reasserting his own focus—not to achieve ultimate power himself, but dispose of the evil Voldemort and make room for peace, safety and happiness for those around him.
There is no shortage of distractions available in the realm of a cappella. It seems each year yields two or three new compilation CDs and noteworthy live competitions. As much as it’s great that the a cappella universe is constantly expanding, it can be tempting for a group to chase any shot of glory, taking a scattershot approach that leads to hurt feelings when the group doesn’t succeed, as well as a failure to enjoy the sweetness of any victories they do achieve.