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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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We're all assuming that Love is the weapon that be used to destroy Voldemort.

Thinking of the gleam of Triumph in Dumbledore's eye when he learns that Voldemort used Harry Blood, could a seed of love have been planted within Voldemort to enable him to be turned, rather than ed? In such a moral story the act of ing (even Vodemort) is not something that we could ask of Harry. Yet good must triumph over evil.

I know this sounds a bit Darth Vaderish, but all the best stories have a common root in the legends of Ancient Greece, Scandinavia, Asia etc. So there would be no shame in this outcome.

Posted by David from UK on July 11, 2007 05:59 AM

When Harry's and Voldemort's wands had the priori incantatem effect, the silver hand that Voldemort had given Peter Pettigrew appeared before all the people he had ed, which means it can't have only shown the results of the Avada Kedavra spell. I think he didn't use his wand between those ings because he had been too weak. If the priori incantatem wasn't broken, then the spell he used to make the horcruxes would have been shown too.

Posted by Hibah on July 11, 2007 07:45 AM

1. The name Thomas (Tom Riddle) means 'twin'. Is there any significance in that?
2. Is Irma Pince (rearranges to "I'm a Prince") related to Snape (his mother?)?
3. Seamus (Seamus Finnigan) in a form of the name James. Is this a significant relation to James Potter?
4. Could the scar above Dumbledore's knee (map of the Underground) be used to prove/disprove that he is the one buried in the tomb?
5. If someone is taking Polyjuice Potion when they , do they change back into their real selves once the potion wears off?
6. Why can Harry only see the thestrals at the beginning of OotP? They are mentioned at the end of GoF as invisible, but Harry has already seen Cedric at that point.
7. Is the fact that the name Harry means 'estate ruler' significant?
8. Neville means 'new village'. Is this important?
9. The name Wulfric (one of Dumbledore's middle names) means king of the wolves. Is this related to Remus, Fenrir, or anyone else?
10. What did Dudley see when the dementors attacked him?
11. Is Hermione's Ancient Runes mixup (partnership for defense) important? Could it show that just because a grouop is on the same side, they may not really be partners? Or that the order has partnership-friendship-while the Eaters are kept in line by defense?
12. Are the other two smashed prophecies important?
13. Does Neville know how he could have been "the Chosen one"?
14. Is Neville under a Memory Charm?
15. Is hangman significant (It sure does pop up a lot)?
16. Is Kreacher so addled because he drank the emerald potion while aiding Regulus?

Posted by Krissy on July 11, 2007 08:31 AM

It says in OOTP that Ollivander is missing, and there was no sign of a struggle. Well, I was reading Sorcerer's Stone and on pg.85 US hardback edition Ollivander says that Voldemort did "great things-terrible, yes, but great." I think that Ollivander joined Voldemort of his own accord, I just don't know why.

Posted by bilbo baggins from detroit, michigan on July 11, 2007 08:32 AM

Brian from Cali, I was wondering that too.
Maybe you don't need to be a prefect to be headboy/girl?

Posted by Lauren. from Yeah, Whatever on July 11, 2007 08:52 AM

I am wondering if Snape used a different wand while he ed "the only one he ever feared" I mean (I think he is alive) how could Little old Snape the most powerfull wizard on earth, and not even with much effort! Come on!

Posted by HE_IS_NOT_DEAD_SIRIUS! from Denver,CO on July 11, 2007 2:23 PM

Anybody else think we might see again the two children that Riddle tormented in the cave?

Posted by JK from California on July 11, 2007 3:41 PM

i've just been reading COS again and think that i may have found who could the person that performs the magic in the life threatening situation. people say it could be dudley, aunt petunia or uncle vernon, but i think i have found a more suitable person for this; Argus Filch. the reasons are hogwarts is on the back of the UK cover which means something takes place there, which means filch would be around and secondly it is pointed out that he is a squib in COS after harry finds the Kwikspell letter. why would JK have put this into the story as it is not a major problem. i may be completely wrong, but i think this is the most probable answer to this question

Posted by Carl from Birmingham, England on July 11, 2007 4:01 PM

There are lots of things i would like to know.

1. What proof did Dumbledore have that Snape ever switched sides?
2. when Voldemort was in the ophanage before he knew he was a wizard what did he do to those two kids, Amy and Dennis, when they were in the cave?
3. What happened to the Mirror of Erised?
4. What happened to Umbrige?
5. What was behind the archway in the Department of Mysteries?
6.What hapened to Dumbledores hand? what made it all black and burned?
7. Where did Olivander go? Was he taken by Eaters?
8. Why wouldn't Percy except that Harry was right in the end?
9. What was Malfoy trying to get Borgin to tell him how to fix?
10. What exactly happened to Kaie Bell when she touched the necklace? What curse made her fly in the air and scream?

Posted by Esther from Woodside California,on July 11. 2007 9:20 pm on July 11, 2007 9:40 PM

Well I just stumbled upon an allusion that is most interesting. While I havn't given it a lot of thought it is most interesting.
Dumbledore defeats the dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945. 1945 is the same year World War II ends and Hitler s. Hitler being "evil" and the many other leaders of the era being "good." Specifically Winston Churchill. Churchill has many famous speeches and phrases, one being the Iron Curtain upon Europe and the world. This iron curtain being communism. The allusion in the book to this is of course voldemort and the eaters. Evil bringing the world down with an "iron curtain." These parallels between dumbledore and churchill i think are important. In the 5th book the sorting hat gives a very important speech that in order to stop bad things (Voldemort) unity between everyone is a must. This theme is important in all the books especially in the Triwizard tournament. The point of the tournament is international relations, banding together and cooperating. The 5th book ends with students from Hogwarts coming together to stop the iron curtain from spreading. The 6th book represents the first step against the curtain. This relates to history by the fall of the third reich, the rise of communism, the cold war. This is an interesting allusion to me, I havn't quite figured if it means anything. Dumbledore is that Churchill like character, a leader in times of darkness. The fact that he s Grindelwald in 1945 could be coincidence, but it doesn't change the fact that Dumbledore is a leader or that this book mirrors history (hardly any fiction novel doesn't)

Posted by Tim from California on July 11, 2007 10:21 PM

Is there a Horcrux hidden at Hogwarts?

If so, I have an idea - is it buried in the Pumpkin Patch?

The Pumpkin Patch is always mentioned, Hagrid is forever burying things just beyond the Pumpkin Patch, we are always kept up to date with the growth of the pumpkins in the erm, pumpkin patch. If I recall Barty Crouch JR transfigured his father into a bone and buried him - just beyond the pumpkin patch. Seems to get a lot of mentions for a patch of dirt really. IF there is a Horcrux buried there (something shiny perhaps - like HufflePuffs cup) then at least all Harry have to do is let a Niffler loose to dig it up.

Your question 5, In GoF when Barty Crouch Jr is saying how he escaped Azkaban he says he swapped places with his mother by taking polyjuice and she continued taking polyjuice until she d. He says 'She was buried under my name, and bearing my appearance. Everyone believed her to be me' (Gof UK p.594). So it would appear that no, when you you do not revert back to your own appearance.
Your 6th question, I think JK said that Harry was in shock and the of Cedric hadn't really hit him yet - not sure why that means he can't see them though.
Your 15th point - the Hanged Man is a tarot card - look it up it is interesting
Your 16th point - I like this idea

Posted by Orlando from England on July 12, 2007 01:55 AM

Yeah, and what about the hatred etched in Snape's face when he ed Dumbledore? I mean why would he hate Dubledore? The only thing Dumbledore has ever done to upset Snape is not letting him teach DADA but that's not a reason te hate someone is it? Have we ever considered Voldemort taking polyjuse potion and turning into snape?

And then. Where is Snape If he's still alive?

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 12, 2007 03:17 AM

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