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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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1.How do people become ghosts and what other ways can they follow?
2.Why is Hermione in Gryffindor, not in Ravenclaw?
3.Was Lily Potter in Gryffindor?
4.Voldemort said to Harry in PS that if Harry joined him they make Harry's parents alive again. Is it possible?
5.Are Hermione, Lavender and Parvati the only girls from Gryffindor in their class?
6.Why didn't Snape make Harry tell him truth about the course book? he must have suspected it!

Posted by Kaja from Koszalin, Poland on July 4, 2007 06:23 AM

i think that the sorting hat has always reminded us that for Hogwarts to survive the four houses have to unite. i wonder how that happen?
i think that voldy's defeat come, in the end, from Harry's ability to see good in others that lets the houses unite. i think the end for voldy involve decisions by
1. draco, as a representative of slytherin (remember that draco didn't dumbledore and harry knows he could have, and draco loves his mother and is loved by her, making him stronger and a better person than voldy can understand),
2. from snape (who i think loved lilly and blames himself for her ),
3. from pettigrew (who has a to repay that arose out of harry's love of his father and his belief James would not have wanted sirius or lupin to pettigrew and refrain from a bad act -- he's too smarmy to actually do something good except maybe snitch),
4. and from the prophecy -- neither can live as long as they both survive (isn't the gleam in dumby's eye over the possibility that voldy, because he doesn't know the prophecy, chooses Harry's blood to regenerate himself, BUT perhaps by doing that, seals his fate because as long as he lives, now that harry's blood is mingled with his, they both DO survive, therefore narrowing the possible outcomes under the prophecy to both of them or only harry making it).

Posted by tina from houston tx on July 4, 2007 08:30 AM

Well it makes a lot of sense, dumbledore could have just simply faked his and his , who knows who else was on the act. Carl, Harry has abilities that we dont even know about, and he's not alone. Obviously he's going to get some help on the horcruxes, and by doing so i think some people might trying to destroy them. And i also think that the black family names are interesting too, last night i opened up my science textbook and all the names of the stars were there-Bellatrix, Sirius, Regulas, etc. And Zoe you've made an excellent point and discovery, i wont be surprised if this happens to be true.

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on July 4, 2007 11:00 AM

When parts of voldemort , are they able to come back as ghosts?
If so, I think the imortality obsessed dark lord would definitely come back. Wouldn't he? does he finally realize that is not all that bad?

Posted by Oscar from IL on July 4, 2007 12:55 PM

In reply to Carls question:
I suspect that someone has already finished off most of the horcruxes. And Dumbledore, nor Voldemort, have been aware of the destruction. Harry find out somehow in book 7. It wouldn't require Harry to become exceptionally powerful, and the rest of the plot would still fit within the 600-something pages.
OR, Harry just has to get a dementor to suck the part of Voldemort's soul out of a horcrux. And Harry is good at conjuring a patronus, so he should be able to do that.

Posted by Marieke from Netherlands on July 4, 2007 12:59 PM

On the whole secret keeper business (several posts, started by Oscar), see JKR's website. I guess Orlando from England is right there. Also the discussion has been that Wormtail must show Harry his parents house in Godrics Hollow, seen as he is the secret keeper of the place. But Harry already lived their as a baby and would thus be in on the secret. Hence he must be able to find it himself. He could off course then not be taking Ron or Hermione (or anyone else for that matter) along with him.

What wonders me is how Voldemort was reunited with his original wand. Assuming that he was mere spirit after attacking Harry and thus assuming that he could not himself carry a wand as he fled from Godrics Hollow, it must be assumed that someone else (possibly a Eater) took the wand from the Potter's residence and gave it back to Voldemort when he had an opportunity. And Peter Pettigrew being the secret keeper, he is most likely to have done so. But we never actually have been told he did. And if he did he must have been back at the house before Sirius came there (seeing as Hagrid says Sirius was already there when he arrived). (Coming to think of that, how did Sirius know about the Potters being attacked? Was he under James's cloak when it happened, had James given it to Sirius, because he had no use for it himself, as he was in hiding? Did Sirius in his turn give it to Dumbledore before tracking down Peter? We know he did give his bike (indeed, where did that go?) to Hagrid, saying he had no more use for it. Was he giving away more possessions to other members of the Order? Ah well, enough to speculate about). The house was destroyed as Taryn from Easton, Pennsylvania correctly mentions, and Voldemort could not have done that after he Avada Kadavra'd Harry. So either it must have been done before, but that would give the Potters time to flee. Or it must be done afterwards by people (most likely Eather) who went to search for Voldemort or for his want/other items.

To Kathy from Austin, Texas on June 24, 2007 4:28 PM:
Predecessors of James is indeed a very intriguing question. We know for fact that he still had parents when he went to school, seeing as that Sirius came to live with them. They are also said to be good parents by Sirius (they somehow remind me of the Weasley parents who also open up there house to Harry and a lesser extend to Hermione (though not to friends of other family members, oddly enough (Fleur, as Bill's girl friend being an exception).

To: Chris from Detroit, MI:
This indeed sounds contradictory, especially as the Hat wants to put Harry in Slytherin as well and he isn't pure blood either. By the way, the Hat says in its song that Slytherin only took pure-bloods, not that he/she himself does as well. And Tom is definitely not sorted by Slytherin but by the Hat.

The hiding of RAB is a nice thought (being hidden as though he is ). But if RAB is in hiding, then Dumbledore must have known about the Horcruxes already, before retrieving Slughorn's memory. Or RAB must be unable to tell him (being in a condition similar to the Longbottoms for example). RAB definitely knows about the Horcruxes as he mentions them himself in his note.

To Prongs from Athens,Greece: Zacharias Smith definitely is in Hufflepuff as he is a member of their Quidditch team. So it could be he is related to Hepzibah.

On the Horcrux in at 12 Grimmauld Place, as mentioned by Jen from CAlifornia on June 26, 2007 07:42 AM. It is very well possible that the original locket was there, they did come across a locket when cleaning out, and also Mundungus stealing the locket (as has been suggested elsewhere on this site) appeals to me.

A personal wonder of mine is whether the words: Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak (spoken by Dumbledore at the start of term feast in PS/SS) have any meaning.

About Dumbledore being an Animagus. Some wrongs are posted in this topic. Though it is true that Lupis means wolf, it is not true that Sirius means dog (Canis = dog). Sirius is a star in the constellation of Canis (dog) and is therefore also called the dogstar. But not because Sirius actually means dog (don't know what it does mean by heart and I don't have an Latin dictionary at this place). Also Dumbledore is not a Latin name (Albus is Latin and means white, or even wise). It is suggested that Dumbledore is another naming for Bumblebee (both being English words). However, it cannot be found in the online oxford dictionary (although it is stated their that the word Dumbledore was added/invented by no one less than JRR Tolkien.

Posted by Flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 4, 2007 1:13 PM

There's many questions I want answered, most of them already mentioned here. Just one I wanted to bring to the table.

On the US deluxe cover harry, ron and hermoine is riding what seems to be a dragon. Is this Norbert? And was is the importance of this? (through most of the book Harry probably can apparate)

Posted by Rob from Oslo on July 4, 2007 1:16 PM

The questions I want answered are: "Why does Voldemort want so desperately to return to Hogwarts? What is he after that he went so far as to have Dumbledore ed so he could return? With Snape finally getting the Defense Against the Dark Arts job, why wasn't Voldemort able to get what he wanted through Snape?

In the same line, I would think Harry would want to remain at Hogwarts to defend it, once he realizes Voldemort try to take over?

Posted by raow from Petaluma, CA, USA on July 4, 2007 5:45 PM

ok, none of this is technically questions but more of...answers of my opinion and a answer a few of you about hermione not spending time with her family and things like that, she is the "old hag" that slughorn asked her if she was related to, and her parents are imposters. they are actually a wizard and a witch because arthur weasley was talking with them for so long. i realize that he is a "muggle lover" but he seemed like he was in more of a conversation then a wizard to a muggle.

my other statement is that some of you are saying that harry (or harry's scar) is a horcrux. i personally think that is incorrect for two reasons. one if you think about it when voldemort took the blood out of harry in book 4 harry's scar stopped hurting....hmm connection maybe?...i think so. also i think that voldemort put his "good half" in harry and that's why neither of them can stand each other. think about it, the book is basically a good vs evil "battle" the entire series. the reason most of you think i'm wrong is because "voldemort didnt have any good in him". it was only suppressed. like a bad memory. or like if someone got abducted by aliens and they didnt want to anyone to think that they were going crazy. or like the Prime minister in the begining of book 6 how he never tell a soul that the minister(s) of magic met him.

Posted by James from St. Pete, FL on July 4, 2007 6:26 PM

Sundancer from Ontario, Canada:

snapes book used to belong to his mom... so the book could be 50 ears old.

Posted by Hermione from Cupertino, CA on July 4, 2007 6:56 PM

Just to clarify to the Deckmaster, Harry faces a Hungarian Horntail in the GoF, not a Norwegian Ridgeback, so it's definitely not Norbert.

Posted by Chris from South Park on July 4, 2007 11:07 PM

Flavius, yes you are right - Dumbledore is an invention of Tolkien - it is a Bumblebee from the Shire (if I remember correctly).

I like the mention made a couple of pages ago about Trelawney saying that Harry was born midwinter, when obviously he was not - but Voldemort was. You can't actually say that Trelawney is not a true Seer, because we readers know of two actual predictions she makes and come true (the prophecy and servant returning to master in PoA). I find that Trelawney makes many an accurate prediction, JK is very clever making us think everything Trelawney says is a load of old tosh.
It is possible to push the boundaries a little and suggest that Trelawney did actually 'pick up' up on the baleful influence of Saturn coming from Harry - if Harry's scar is indeed a Horcrux. For she would be picking up on Voldemort rather than Harry - hmmmmm.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 5, 2007 03:06 AM

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