Visibility of Thestrals

How is it that Harry doesn't see the thestrals at the end of the Fourth year while going back to Hogsmeade but sees them first thing on arriving after the summer?
How is it that Harry doesn't see the thestrals at the end of the Fourth year while going back to Hogsmeade but sees them first thing on arriving after the summer?
JK Rowling addressed this nicely on Pottermore, writing in detail about how it is people get to see Thestrals, and how it isn't just about "witnessing death" but being deeply impacted or moved by the death, whether that meant being present, or a part of it, etc. So she explains Harry couldn't see them before the summer, because it was only over the summer that the weight of Cedric's death started to press in on him and that he was really able to feel it's impacts on his life. If that doesn't make sense, go to Pottermore and read JK's details, she does a better job than me in explaining! ;)

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