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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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I've got the biggest question of all, Who the hell is Aunt Petuina going to turn out to be? It says she is a big role in the 7th book and in the 6th I think... we find she has been in contact with Dumboldore...who is she?!

Posted by Ethan on July 15, 2007 02:10 AM

Oh and this is another biggie... Harry and Voldemort were the only two to survive that does everyone know exactly what happened? Harry of course can't remember and voldemort was weak in hiding.

Posted by Ethan on July 15, 2007 02:27 AM


I doubt very much that James forced Lily into marriage. One of the significant differences between Voldemort and Harry is that Harry was born from love whereas Voldemort was born from trickery and deceit.
Snape's worst memory in the film was very brief and so they had to pack in James Potter's arrogance, s, and bullying tactics into the space of a few seconds. It merely served the purpose of showing the movie going public that Snape does have just cause in hating James Potter.

With regards to your idea that James sold himself and Lily to Voldemort, that is impossible. He couldn't have told Voldemort because he wasn't the Secret Keeper - Pettigrew was. Just as in HBP Snape tells Bellatrix that he cannot reveal the location of the Order headquarters because he is not Secret Keeper, the same rules would apply to James Potter.
James Potter and Lily Potter's were different. Pettigrew sold them out and Voldemort went to Godrics Hollow with the intention of ing Harry - and anybody who stood in his way APART from Lily. James Potter was surplus to requirements and was quite literally a man walking from the moment Voldemort discovered the location of the Potters. Lily however sacrificed herself - Voldemort gave her the chance to live and she chose to , James was never given the option.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 15, 2007 06:09 AM

Guys i think i found out what makes Lily's and Harry's eyes so special. They're Godric Gryffindor's eyes (see JK's site) And Lily had red hair didn't she? so that would fit.

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 15, 2007 08:07 AM

Maybe its just me convincing myself more and more, but im sure snape is good. I belive Dumbledore begged for Snape to go full-out DE in the tower, not for his own life. At least im sure Dumbledore planned for Snape not to be at Hogwarts in the 7'th year.

We know now for sure that Voldemore did curse the DADA job, and that Dumbledore was aware of that. This is the reason that he never wanted Snape to take the job, so when he placed Snape there in HBP, he knew Snape would somehow be forced out of the school at the end of the year. So i think its safe to say that Dumbledores' plan (assuming he have one) is still going as planned.

This also explaines why Snape was so determined not to be called a coward. He was doing a great deal for Dumbledore, accualy gave his life for him.
If (as i assume he is) fighting Voldemort from within, he must belive that Voldemort fall. Still, he ed Dumbledore, so he always be marked as a bad guy. In short, the only side he can choose to stend by, is the one his fighting to defeat. Thinking of it accualy makes me feel slightly sorry for him.

Maybe i have bin reading fanfiction too much (found a book with a very good plot, the one that people for a long time belived to be a leaked DH, but it aint!) There was a some good theories that i find very worth considering:

First of all, i cant belive Hogwarts is done with for now, somehow Harry come back there. Thinking of the likely decreased amount of students who return after Dumbledores , it may be that Harry is asked to teach the early years in DADA - he have proved himself worthy of the task in OotP. This also provide a good "home" for Harry while he search for the Horcruxes and also give him a "adult" wizard community to turn when he needs help with whatever that would be.

I think and hope that we also hear more about his relationship with Ginny, and Ron and Hermione also get together. This provide a great oppetunity for a bittersweet ending. Taking in mind that Jo said she had 'massacre all over her face' when finishing the book, we must assume that a lot of oure favo-characters . So i think that whoever it is of one of the 4 that s (if they dos), the partner along with him/her. Harry found something to live for in Ginny, so making him suffer even more be too mean.

It may sound evil, but somehow i like to see Harry along with Ginny. That let him finaly meat his parents, Dumbledore, Sirius and whoever falls as the story plays out. Still be with his love, and finaly be able to "rest". A indeed very bittersweet ending is what im aiming for.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on July 15, 2007 09:39 AM

i recently finished all the books again in preparation for DH and i have realised something that i believe nobody else has mentioned which concerns harry's protection from voldemort. lily d to protect harry right? this is what gave him protection. i now believe that because of this, Lily may still alive. why do i believe this? simple. james d protecting lily and harry so couldn't, this means that lily got the same protection as harry and at the same time harry got extra protection. i believe that the reason we have never met james family (I do not believe that they are all ) is because they are in hiding whilst protecting lily. this could also answer the question as to who was at godric's hollow on the night of the attack on the potters. i believe it was dumbledore and he used the same spell on lily that he used on harry to lock in the protection of love which she would have got from james.

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 15, 2007 12:23 PM

to carl from birmingham: A very interesting idea, but it was mentioned just a page or two ago, along with a potential answer from a other poster.

While we still dont know exatly how the protection spell workes, it is suggested that while James d to protect Lily and Harry, Lily sacrificed herself to protect Harry, as she had to choose to live. So in essence, James didnt have a choose to live or , Lily had, and choosed to sacrifice herself for Harry.

However, as far as i know, this is just a theoretical answer to the question. It be interesting to find out about that.

On a related note, i have bin thinking a lot about what accualy happened in Godrics Hollow after i read the question "how did everyone know what happened?". Thinking about it, we dont really know much about it.

What we know is:
- Wormtail betrayed the Potters
- James d protecting them, Lily sacrificed herself protecting Harry
- Voldemort d trying to Harry
- Harry was taken to the Dursleys by Hagrid on Sirius flying bike.

Now, this accualy raise a lot of questions whits i have never thought about, just taking it for grandet that there was a explanation.

As mentioned, how did everyone know what happend? The only survivors was Voldemort (well partly, he couldnt have said anything), and Harry who was a baby and cant remember anything.
How did the rest of the Order know when it had happend? As far as i know Harry was taken from the place from the place immediatly after the attack.
What happend to Voldemorts body? Did they vanish it, burry it, burn it? Surely they havent just let it remain where it was found - the dark lord and all you know.
As i have expressed my interest in before, what Harry find when he returns? or where have the things been stored? I dont see the house beeing ripped from every item within, its not in Gringots, but surely the house must have bin filled with James and Lilys possetions.

I really hope we find out exatly what happend, and what is left from the place.

I am also more and more fond of reading about Malfoy, after we was introduced to the other side of him. When Harry saw him cry in the girls bathroom, and the fact that he wasnt able to Dumbledore have left me clueless with his role in the 7'th book.
We know that Draco was determined to fulfill his task, but he wasnt able to do it when he accualy had the chance, and we dont know what Voldemort make of him. He partly got Dumbledore ed, but he wasnt himself able to do it. Would VOldemort accept a person in his ranks who can not ? Did Dumbledore manage to convince him that beeing Voldemorts servant wasnt the right thing to do, or at least plant the idea in his head? Somehow i have the idea that Draco sooner or later turn to help Harry in some way or or another.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on July 15, 2007 10:36 PM

exactly my thoughts orlando in replying to tarz. also, (i guess in book3) someone said that voldemort could not have got the positions of potters even if he got one of them and tortured him/her for information. and that exactly is the million dollar question why voldemort offered to spare lily's life?
Also, why in the movie they didn't show lily protesting to what james does and snape calling her mudblood? why did dumbledore had to come via floo network when he could have apparated to MoM (which he actually does in the book?)

Posted by swati from India on July 16, 2007 12:12 AM


Love the question about Aunt Petunia, I've been wondering about the same thing for a while.

Orlando from England:

I can understand where your coming from in all your explanations of why my previous theory was wrong EXCEPT the part where James s. He tells Lily to take Harry while he holds Voldemort off, this surely means he was sacrificing his life for them.

When Hagrid is explaining Harry's parents in PS, he says that Voldemort had come for Harry and he doesn't know why he ed Lily "I dunno, suppose he just liked by then." Maybe he didn't her because he had no reason to, and just used Crucio instead, (explaining the screaming in Harrys dreams.) This would mean Lily is alive, as carl from Birmingham suggests. And would also explain why Lily comes out of Voldemorts wand during Priori Incatatem, because he did actually curse her. After all we dont know all the details about how Priori Incatatem works

Posted by Tarz from Sydney, Australia on July 16, 2007 02:35 AM

Carl form birmingham - i think Lily is . James was ed outright by voldemort whilst Lily had the chance to live but sacrificed herself which is where the protection comes in.
I think snape is good - Dumbledore was pleading for him to go through and him and he took offence at being called a coward because ing Dumbledore was the hardest thing he ever had to do and took a lot of courage to actually do it.

Posted by tonks from England on July 16, 2007 03:19 AM

I think Harry keep one peice of the broken two way mirror, and give the other bits to the DA or the Order. This way it helps more than we think, as JKR has said. It help less than we think, as it won't be a way to contact Sirius.

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on July 16, 2007 04:55 AM

Is Zacharius Smith important? He shares the same name and house as Hepzibah, who Tom took the cup off of. In the book, I found him quite annoying, but noticable. He was also breifly in the movie, whereas Lily wasn't, suggesting she may not be important in relation to the Snape theory, but Zacharius could be in finding a horcrux.

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on July 16, 2007 05:05 AM

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