I was disappointed about the portraits thing. I guess they are remnents of the past left behind to educate and better the future of tomorrow. Also, I'm glad the hp fact one cleared it up for me on that part!
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore, _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows_ Make your dreams that are good a reality.