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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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Sorry Sith Nite. JKR said in an interview that HP did not see his parents because he was in his crib. He could have woken up, but he didn't actually see the scene.

I have been wondering though about that night. It has been put out there that someone else was in the Potter house when it happened. What if Harry uses a time tuner (after the ministry replaces the ones broken in OotP) to go back into time. Maybe he didn't do it to stop the s, but maybe he goes back to learn something to stop Voldemort.

Posted by PKJ from M'boro, TN on July 1, 2007 4:21 PM

JKR once mentioned that to tell of what Snape's patronus was would give too much away.
Anyone have any ideas? Do patronus' only take the form of animals?

Posted by Tirnanog from Stevenage on July 1, 2007 6:16 PM

In response to Sith Nite from Nederlands - I still belive his parents are , it is very possible that Harry didnt look at his parents when they were ed. Another explanation could be that you have to remember seeing them . Harry mentioned to Ron in the first book, on the Hogwarts Express, that he didnt remember anything but green light. (Only have the danish copy of the first book so i cant give page). At the same time, the protection Lily gave Harry worked because she sacrificed her own life for him out of love. That ultimate protection shouldnt work if she didnt .

However! i do belive we hear about, or even from, Harry's parents. As Jo have said the two-way mirror come into play, and the fact that Sirius have the other one on the other side' may be how we could hear from them. Remember, Harry didnt say Padfoot into the mirror in OotP, with was what the 'gang' called him.

On the subject, i wonder what Harry find at Godric's Hollow. Maybe there we find out something about Harry's parents, but theres also the possibility i have been wondering about some time: Maybe Lily and James didnt just leave harry their gold and a invisiblity-cloak (come back to that one later). His parents knew they and Harry were in great danger since they needed to hide like they did, so wouldnt it be obvious for them to leave some kind of letter to him in case they should be parted? or even a memory? he may just find that in Godric's Hollow if they have left him anything else.

About the invisiblity-cloak, there have been many theories about why Dumdledore have it, even though he doesnt need one to get invisible. But all i have seen have been assuming that someone was hiding under it at the night James and Lily was ed, or that it was a Horcrux. I dont see why it should be a horcrux, as we dont know if Voldemort have ever gotten his hands on it, let alone the fact that he is very protective about his horcruxes, he would never let one be in the hands of his enemies. It could of course be that one was hiding under it, but no one knew that Voldemort was going to them that night, then im sure they would have left the house long before he got there.

Theres a fact i think is being overseen, that it, of all people is Dumbledore who have the cloak. We know that he didnt need one, and more important, we know that he was the only one Voldemort ever feared. I think that Dumbledore had it because it in itself was of very great importance. I cant imagine why that cloak was of such importance, but i believe it have something to do with the cloak itself, and not how it was used. Likewise, Dumdledore knew of its importance at that time, but not of Voldemorts use of horcruxes, so i dont think that could anyhow be a explanation to it.

on an other note, what role Dumbledore play in DH? Im still not sure wether Dumbledore is or not due to the many theories there is on this site, however, i have an idea that the portraits come into play. In OotP, Dumbledore says that he doesnt want to be taken off the chocolate-frog cards. Even though its a funny comment, it may just be one of Jo's endless small clues we get. In the first book, Harry get one with Dumbledores portrait, and we hear Ron already have a lot of them - they aparently arent very rare. In OotP we learn that a person can visit any of his portraits, this leaves Dumbledore (the picture of him) the ability to visit almost any place with a child that collects, or just keeps the cards. This could turn out to be somewhat of importance.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on July 1, 2007 6:53 PM

I think Harry is the last Horcrux which is why Dumbledore got the gleam of triumph in his eyes. When Harry stabbed the diary with the fang, didn't blood come out of it? Is it this blood that is needed for Voldemort to regenerate if he were to have used that horcrux? If so, is that why Harry's blood was needed to regenerate in GOF?

I also think "Voldemort being destroyed by power he knows not" deals with Neville. No one knows Neville has power which I think we see. Voldemort knows not about it because he didn't know there was a second possible chosen one.

Posted by Doug from Cincinnati, OH on July 1, 2007 7:35 PM

To intensekitty- you are so right. how could i have missed that.

We know that Pettigrew has a life to Harry.
And his flesh was used in that potion to revive Voldemort.
I think this ne very significant.
If Voldemort knew about that , he probably would not have used Peter's flesh.

Posted by Bareera from Islamabad, Pakistan on July 1, 2007 10:10 PM

Why is it that in the first two books Harry always returns to Hogwarts on his B-Day which is in July, but doesn't in all the others? In the 5th book Harry spends his B-Day alone at the Dursley's house and doesn't return to Hogwarts until September, which is when the term started. Shouldn't he have gone back to school in July like he should have in the previous years, not in September? That's what I am wondering...

Posted by Heather from Charlevoix, MI on July 2, 2007 01:27 AM

Ashley: if I remember correctly, Jo said Harry wasn't a descendant of Gryffindor.

Anyway, according to the wizard of the month, Godric Gyrffindor was a great duellist and fighter. That confirms the link with the great Sword of Nuada, against which nobody could fight. And I'm pretty sure that such a great fighter would be buried with his sword. Then, it doesn't seem absurd that the sword in Dumbledore's office is a copy, while the real sword, the ly Hallow (treasure of Hogwarts) became a Horcrux for Voldemort (and eventually transformed into Nagini?)

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 2, 2007 04:06 AM

Sith Nite: What if Harry didn't see his mother , because he was in another room (from which he could hear, but not see)? What if Lily didn't when Voldemort told her to get aside, but later on, and at that time, Harry was asleep? If I quote correctly, Harry remembers about the green light as something he experienced, as well as the motorbike, but when he relives his past in front of the dementors, he only hears Lily, Voldemort and James, but no green light is mentioned. Am I wrong?

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 2, 2007 04:11 AM

So before James and Lily Potter were ed, they made Sirius their Secret Keeper, meaning that no-one could tell Voldemort where they were, except Sirius. Why could they not simply have made James or Lily the Secret Keeper of the information that Sirius was their Secret Keeper, then no-one would know to torture or interrogate Sirius about the Potter's whereabouts unless they found the Potters, and no-one could find the Potters unless they knew to get that information from Sirius.

Posted by thermos from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 2, 2007 05:05 AM

Sith Nite.

Harry's parents are definitely . You are right - Harry didn't see his mother , but that is because he was in a cot in a different room. SOMEWHERE on this thread I have included a quote from JK where she states that Harry was in a different room.
PLUS, don't forget that both Lily and James came out of Voldemort's wand in GoF when 'priori incantatem' took place.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 2, 2007 05:28 AM

oscar here is what i think

1 No i don't think so
2 because it need many people to apparate so many people to quidditch world cup and maybe it wasn't allowed then. maybe it was only allowed after vodemort returned
3 no because when harry and ron landed on it, it automatically wrapped itself around them and wouldn't you struggle if a plant wraps you. the article never said bode d instantly,
4 No it be easily noticed
5 It wasn't made about him. it was about 'the dark lord' & his servant
6 No i think that the charm was lifted for few minutes he members who realised that placed the harm again & chose a new secret keeper. i think it is McGonagall as she has taken the place of albus at hogwarts too

Posted by answers from india on July 2, 2007 06:26 AM

JKR mentioned that to tell what Snape's patronus was would give too much away. Does anyone have any ideas what this is? Are patronus' only in the form of animals?

Posted by Tirnanog from Stevenage on July 2, 2007 07:10 AM

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