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Final Deathly Hallows Debates: Unanswered Septology Questions

Like Hogwarts Castle itself, the Harry Potter books hold many mysteries, and have many hidden secrets. Hopefully, most of these mysteries will be answered in the final book. Is something funny going on at St. Mungos? What ever happened to Sirius' two-way mirrors? Where is Fawkes? There are so many others. What mystery are you most looking forward to being answered, and how do you think it will come out?

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OsCaR - I was always under the impression that she was talking about Voldemort's rise. He's been in power and creating fear and greif for the past 15 years, and they've had little to celebrate until his attack on Harry caused his fall.

Everyone - I heard a rumor a while ago - keep in mind this is just a rumor, I did not get this from any credible source - that sometime after all the Book 7 excitement/anger/sorrow/grief has d down a bit, Jo was planning on doing a Q&A; to answer all those little unanswered questions. I don't know if it was supposed to be an interview idea, a section of her website, Harry Potter and the Intricate Sub-Plots, or what. Wouldn't it be great, though, if she actually did that?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 28, 2007 7:32 PM

about how harry find his parents' house if it's protected by the fidelius charm (and pettigrew probably won't tell him where):

is it possible that the fidelius charm was put on harry's PARENTS instead of the house? I remember Jo saying somewhere something along the lines of (or maybe it was in the books - something Hagrid said): "Voldemort wouldn't find them if he put his face up to their living room window." I think I read that somewhere, although I can't be entirely sure now.

Also, another possibility: we know that Pettigrew owes Harry, so maybe (and I think this is highly unlikely) Pettigrew tells Harry where his parents' house is?

Posted by dumblydore from St. Louis, MO on June 28, 2007 7:55 PM

I'm more into the idea of Aunt Petunia giving Harry the exact address of where their house was at Godric's Hollow. It would be the nicest thing she would ever done to this nephew.

Yeah, Dudley as a late-bloomer-wizard is kinda predictable. JK said it isn't Petunia. What about Uncle Vernon? Or squibs like Filch and Mrs. Figg?

Dumbledore's defeat of Grindelwald is also very curious. Wonder if it helps Harry in his final battle with Voldemort...

And about the theory that Snape-switched-with-Dumbledore-at-the-cave, which they say is impossible.. I think it is possible that they switched. I also had the hint that it was Snape Harry was with in the cave. Remember also that in "Dumbledore's" inside robe, there was a knife that Harry uses in Potions? It seems weird for the ordinary Dumbledore to keep a knife like that, but it is normal for a Potions master do have that. Dumbledore could have just simply conjured that knife in the air right?

Snape loathes Harry but he doesn't really underestimate Harry's powers. Because he knows Harry has powers the Dark Lord knows not. So, Snape saying "I'm not worried, i'm with you" means that Snape still trusts Harry just as Dumbledore trusts Snape.

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on June 28, 2007 10:13 PM

I've been sitting on this theory for quite some time: What if the Golden Snitch is a horcrux? Didn't Tom Riddle play Quidditch at Hogwarts? And where is Madam Hooch, with her "yellow eyes like a hawk"?

In the final face-off with Lord Voldemort, I hope that all of the magical flying creatures, led by Hedwig and Fawkes, come together to help Harry. Buckbeak, all of the Hogwarts owls, dragons, the Thestrals, even the dementors, hover above. Voldemort not be ed -- he be destroyed -- and forced to survive as a mere muggle, like his father, with no one to love him; this being the fate "worse than ."

Posted by Patti from Mill Creek, WA on June 28, 2007 10:17 PM

While I don't believe that a Hogwarts snitch is one of the horcruxes, if it were, it would be sweet, since Harry's particularly good at catching them...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 28, 2007 11:04 PM

To Patti- Wow. yeah the snitch being a horcrux would be something.
But your second theory, that Voldemort be forced to live a life worse than , really clicks.. good one.

Dumbledore said that Harry's real power against Voldemort is love.
Probably he be able to defeat Voldemort with the help of people who love him or vice versa. Though that is already happening in the previous books.

Posted by Bareera from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 28, 2007 11:45 PM

The fidelius charm is on the house. If it were on the persons, then Harry would have been under the Charm too, for he was the one that Voldemort was looking for. And if Harry was under fidelius charm, nobody but Pettigrew and Voldemort would be able to see him.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 29, 2007 12:08 AM

we know that harry is a lot like his father... we know that his hair is like his, he looks a lot like him, he has a disregard for rules, he likes taking risks, he wants to find out the truth, he usually went out after hours in the invisibility (they both inherited it from thier own fathers... i read it somewhere that james inherited the cloak from his father)...

but the only thing we know that harry inherited from lily potter is her eyes...i therefore think that lily's eyes play an important role and as lupin says in the third MOVIE - she could see the good in others that others could not see, and especially that the person could not see it in himself.. maybe harry see some thing good in voldemort and voldemort would get destroyed since there would be something good in it...

Posted by sumeetha from dubai on June 29, 2007 01:39 AM

Ok so to the whole polyjuice potion theory, it has to be taken every hour on the hour and from the time frame it sounds like Harry and Dumbledore were gone for more than an hour. When they left Hogwarts it was just begining to get dark yet when they arrived it was nearly midnight. And from what was done in the cave it doesn't sound like Dumbledore would have had a chance to drink anything let alone do it without raising Harry's suspicions.

Posted by Evie from California on June 29, 2007 02:11 AM

With regard to spouses...we may already have met Dumbledore's family...the memory he relives when he drinks the potion in the cave would make sense as one of Dumbledore's own memories if the "them" ("Don't hurt them") referred to were his own family and Grindelwald the torturer....though I think this is a long shot.

Also, Bertha Jorkins refers to someone kissing Florence behind the green houses (when Dumbledore shows Harry his memory of her in the pensieve in OotP) and hexing her (Bertha) for seeing them....could this have been Snape? If so he may have a family in hiding....JK makes a point of saying that Snape's house is usually smells musty etc which would imply that there's no-one living there when he is at Hogwarts (beginning of HBP). I think we find out more about Snape's mother in DH.

Oh, and if Dumbledore sacrificed himself for his friends and the greater good at the end of HBP...this kind of love is surely not something that Voldemort could ever understand...

Posted by Joe from England on June 29, 2007 02:45 AM

Because I am re-reading HBP at the moment I have a sudden desire to know just what the importance is of Horace Slughorn!
He is important enough for the Order to know that Dumbledore is trying to get him to Hogwarts:

"So you persuaded Horace Slughorn to take the job?" (HBP, uk, pb,p.83) said by Mrs Weasley to Harry.

Important enough for Dumbledore to use Harry as bait.

When Dumbledore asks Harry to retrieve the memory from Slughorn, Harry suggests it would be easier for Dumbledore to use Veritaserum or Legilimency. Dumbledore refuses to do any such thing and clarifies his refusal with:

"No, I think it would be foolish to attempt to wrest the truth from Professor Slughorn by force, and it might do more harm than good; I do not wish him to leave Hogwarts." (HBP uk, pb, p.348)

As much as Dumbledore wants that memory, he wants Slughorn to remain at Hogwarts more.

Then of course there is the issue of Slughorn's agitation at the mention of Dumbledore's .

Funeral for Dumbledore then Slughorn?

"I suppose... yes..." said Slughorn in a rather agitated voice" (HBP, uk, pb, p.587)

Plus why is he shaken, pale, and sweating? Just where was he when the battle with the Eaters was raging?

Posted by Orlando from England on June 29, 2007 06:02 AM

About the snitch beeing a Horcrux, dosnt it get replaced from time to time? - in Ootp we see in snapes' memory that James had stolen it, and after Harry fight Malfoy after the quidditch fight, he finds himself with the snitch still in his hands in McGonagall's office. Later we hear that the snitch Harry "took" is flying around in the Gryffindor common-room.

I stil wonder wther the note in the locket IS a Horcrux or not. When they enter the cave, Harry use the 'Acciu Horcrux' spell, whits DOS make the locket try to fly to Harry. Would it try to get to him, if it was a fake Horcrux, or wasnt one at all?

Posted by Kim from Randers, fyn on June 29, 2007 06:13 AM

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