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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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Kim from Randers -
I have often wondered the same thing about the accio horcrux spell and the locket. It made no sense that there was a noise when Harry said the spell.

I have 2 thoughts:
1. The horcux is still there. Could it be the fountain thing that the potion was drunk out of with the locket as a decoy?
2. Simply, did Voldemont place a spell that would make the Inferi (sp?) move if magic was spoken aloud? Dumbledore never 'spoke' magic, everything he did in the cave was nonverbal.

I also don't think all questions be answered. Such as the whereabouts of Sirius's bike. That probably won't progress the story at this point.

Posted by Michael from NJ on June 29, 2007 08:06 AM

So I just finished re-reading HBP again and something got me thinking. It seems that the greatest witches or wizards are all half blood. (one parent is muggle born while the other isn't).
Harry- his mother was muggle born but his father wasn't.
Snape- father was muggle born/mother wasn't.
Voldemort- father was muggle born/mother was a witch.

Do you think it is possible that maybe Dumbledore was a half blood? Because it is said that he is the most powerful wizard and the only one Voldemort ever feared. The fact that Voldemort marked Harry (the half blood) as his equal also gets me thinking that maybe this is true.

Posted by Rachel from East Meadow, NY on June 29, 2007 09:35 AM

the first thing i want to say is that i really, really, REALLY hope that ginny doesn't because she is my all-time favourite character! i think i can handle it if harry s if ginny gets to live. i have a suspicion that harry might trying to save ginny because i dont think ginny listen to him and go to fight mr. voldy too.
To Oscar from Illinois: i highly doubt dumbledore being a descendant of Slytherin just because he understood parseltounge in bob odgens' memory... he can speak mermish(gof) so maybe he learned parseltounge, or maybe he was one of the "Parselmouth's among the great and the good" as he mentioned in hbp...
To Natalie in Australia: you said that "the prophecy doesn't refer to whom it was said to..." actually, the prophecy from ootp has the intials of both sibyll trelawney and of albus percival wulfric brian dumbledore... it says it at the top.
To everyone who stills thinks Snape switched with Dumbledore... JK said "Dumbledore IS really . Everyone needs to move through the five stages of grief and get past his ." i think dumbledore is truly as a doorknob and i also think that snape ed him. Snape: i think he might still be good, but he's just a little confused morally. i think that he is one of the smartest characters in the book and that he isnt going to officially choose a side until he knows for sure who he is safer with. But i also think the his unbreakable grudge against harry, james, remus, and especially sirius aid in his decision, but bear in mind that james did save his life... its kind of like wormtails predicament... he owes his life to james... oh, and there is no evidence whatsoever for anyone to believe that snape and lilly had a "thing" when she tried to defend him from james and sirius, he called her a mudblood and thats really the only confrontation ever seen between the 2 in the entire series. he doesnt talk about her i guess because they didnt really have anything to do with one another.

Posted by Bri from hawiia on June 29, 2007 11:00 AM

i have one more question. is there any signifigance whatsoever in the number of tears on hagrids notes? when he learned of buckbeaks execution, there were 7 (the most powerfully magical number) tears on the note he sent to hermione. then, when he sent a note to harry, ron, and hermione concerning aragogs , there were 13 (another supposed magically powerful number) tears on that note. just wondering.

Posted by bri from hawaii on June 29, 2007 11:15 AM

Could the voices behind the veil possibly be the souls that the dementors have taken? I mean where do the souls go anyway, heaven?... hell?

Posted by Brant from Jackson, MS on June 29, 2007 12:41 PM

i have a few questions:
is harry's scar a horcrux?
whose side is snape actually on- voldemort's, harry's, or his own?

Posted by megan from south carolina on June 29, 2007 1:23 PM

How about Harry getting all the snakes in England to come to his aid? Snakes would probably love to show they really are good. Well, some maybe

Posted by ginny from Utah on June 29, 2007 1:45 PM

I'm just totally shocked to be honest, when i read book six I didn't expect that Dumbledore was gonna be ed. I thougt that in the end he and the dark lord would have a huge Fight and both . really, i didn't expect it at all.

but what if snape is good afterall and what about harry?
is he gonna be the new headteacher, and hogwarts, it be closed? i never thought about that snape could be good because he is just very mean to harry and if he really liked harry why would he want to hurt him?

i'm so excited about book seven, but here in holland we have to wait so much longer.

Posted by Sophie from Holland on June 29, 2007 2:08 PM

JKR said in an interview that the one coming back to teach would be a surprise and not who we think. With that in mind, it can't be Nelville because he has been the lead in that opinion for years now. So I'm really curious as to whom is the least likely person to go back. My opinion of the least would be Ron (especially if Hermione and Harry ). He would dedicate himself to teaching the next generation. My next least likely would be another Weasley: Fred Weasley. After George meets his untimely , Fred close the joke store (because he is too devastated to continue) and return to Hogwarts to teach charms.

I would also love to find out what Dumbledore's worst memory is and what his boggart would be. He was so smart, would his boggart be like Hermione's?

Posted by PKJ from M'boro, TN on June 29, 2007 4:08 PM

Joe - Actually, the idea that the potion was making Albus relive Grindelwald's torture and possibly of his family is quite a good possibility. Good catch!

Orlando - Another good catch! Horace was "in hiding" going from Muggle house to Muggle house (note, he did not ever go to a wizard house) and Albus was pretty vehement about him coming to Hogwarts. The last time he was this adamant was while trying to keep Sybil from leaving. And I've also been curious about Horace's whereabouts during the battle. What's he been up to?

Brant - That's a thought. I always assumed, though, that the dementors eat the souls. They get devoured much like that hot dog I just had for dinner. So, those souls would be "digested" if you , and turned into whatever energy the dementors run on.

Another question I hope be answered: I mentioned elsewhere on this site that I noticed that no one seems to know where Severus was during the battle at the Ministry of Magic. He tells Bellatrix that he was (once again) at Hogwarts because joining in the fight would have blown his cover. Earlier, Albus tells Harry that Severus intended to search the forest, not that he did search the forest. So where exactly was Severus at that time?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 29, 2007 6:32 PM

What importance has lily's/Harry's eyes exactly? And how did Harry's parents earn such a significant amount of gold? we haven't realy heard anything about his parents past other then at school and their work in the order.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on June 29, 2007 7:29 PM

Our ONLY clues to Dumbledore's fears are things he says and does in prior circumstances. He is extremely concerned about the welfare and well being of the students.

When Harry suggests that Dumbledore is leaving the students and the school with inadequate protection Dumbledore, normally the sole of calmness, becomes angry. He is very sensitive about the protection of the kids. (see also reaction to Umbridge shaking Marietta in OOP for example)

His Boggart, or worst fear, probably then would be a suffering student whom he could not help. Much like Mrs. Weasley seeing family members she is likewise unable to help.

Assuming that the potion acts similar to the effect of Dementors (you relive the worst moments of your life) or that it causes you to IMAGINE the worst potential moments of your life (like a boggart, but multiple and in stereo) then some of the things he says after taking the potion make more sense. He appears to be watching harm coming to the students which he cannot prevent, but offers himself as a sacrifice in their place. As a theme it is not a great deal different from Bellatrix's suggestion to torture the littelest one (Ginny) while the other students watch. The idea that innocent children / students would suffer and he could not prevent it would certainly have a horrible effect on Dumbledore. This is how I imagined it reading those passages from the first...

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on June 29, 2007 10:15 PM

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