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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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Bazooka, it cant be that Voldy is Harry's father. Doesn't everybody Harry meets say 'you look just like your father'. And Voldy is the last living desendent of Salazar Slytherin. And Harry is not.

Posted by Raghav from France on July 17, 2007 12:41 AM

about my earlier post about james to protect lily and harry. why does everybody believe that james had no choice when he was ed which then means that lily and harry wouldn't have got the protection of love. everybody has a choice when they do something. james would have known that he was no match for voldemort and therefore knew that he would probably , but he still tried to stop voldemort when he could have hid. surely this could be considered a self sacrifice like lily's sacrifice for harry.

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 17, 2007 02:29 AM

Orlando from England, i like the idea that Lily was a seer and knew what was about to happened. I havent seen you mention it before, and currently i only see some flaws, but do you have some clues or indication that she predicted it?

The flaws i see is mainly two things she didnt do: I think it would be safe to assume she would keep James away from the home if she knew Voldemort would coma, and still intended to provide Harry with the protection.
Secondly, she would let people know who was actually about to betray them. Sirius have taken a lot of blame for this matter, whits she would know he would be kept responsible for.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on July 17, 2007 02:39 AM

well i was just going through the comments and i just read one saying all fatherly figures to harry are . Even Harry had that thought in HBP. but what if its just wrong? In this site only its hinted that james cloak is its horcruxes thats why it was important to be protected by dumbledore and it may lead to the return of james potter. and in the site itself is also hinted that beyond the veil Sirius fell as Sirius and can come back as a dog (see foreshadows in the movie column on the site) and we all don't believe that dumbledore's and somehow he can come back so this makes that all fatherly figures to harry are actually not and come back for the final combat.

Posted by Anonymous on July 17, 2007 04:05 AM

Tarz - Only the people who are ed by Voldemort come out of his wand in Goblet of Fire. Cruciatus wouldn't do it, which is why the Cruciatus that he performed on Harry and Avery earlier that night only "regurgitate" as screams. Lily is defiantly . Apart from that, ditto to what Orlando said.

Go Snape Go - I agree that the horcrux may he been "used up" at his rebirthing in Goblet of Fire. I think the soul would still be earthbound, but not encased in its horcrux. That doesn't mean that he couldn't have made another, or it could mean that Harry find out that he has one less horcrux to destroy.

Also, Albus doesn't go back in time to Voldemort because that would disrupt the flow of history, potentially creating alternate realities, unmaking some people, including possibly Harry, and generally messing everything up. This is why it was so incredibly important for Hermione not to be seen all year. In addition, it is unethical to punish someone for crimes they have not yet committed, whether you know they or not. Plus, there'd be no story for us to read.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 17, 2007 04:12 AM

if we see the hands making a vow in the inside of the cover of half blood prince, one hand is kind of young while the other facing us with the nerves and all is kinda old. could this be the unbreakable vow of dumbledore and snape rather than snape and narcissa?

Posted by madam pudifoot from hongsmeade on July 17, 2007 04:21 AM

well when he is not in the diagon alley we see that its said that the "shops empty no sign of struggle no one knows wether he went voluntarily or was kidnapped". remember harry had a creepy feeling about him in first part. if i'am right, and i think i am, then jkr is a genius.

Posted by madam malkin from daigon alley on July 17, 2007 04:31 AM

lia16, i like your theory, but when has Ginny been face to face with Voldemort directly after he has ed for him to make her is horcrux? it is possible it could have happened thorugh the diary... i recall riddle saying something about putting 'a little of himself inside her' or something like that, although seen as riddle was just a memory and had not, as far as i know, ed anyone at that time. so, good theory, but there's no evidence to back it up with.

Posted by lauren from hogwarts on July 17, 2007 05:41 AM

- I think that Slughorn is going to be an important guy in part 7. I don't think he'll really fight because he prefers the idea of staying behind but helping in other ways.
- Also I'm still wandering what is about Hermione's cat. The cat was talking to Sirius in part 3 and he also recognized Wormtail as a bad guy. Is that just a very special cat or is it a wizard or witch in disguise? And who it be then? No new characters according to JK so whom have we left?
- Harry probably use the famous mirror, and the portrait of Dumbledore to figure out where the other horcruxes are. I don't think the er neclace is a horcrux because since the passing of Tom's diary I think Voldemort be more careful with his horcruxes.
- Snape should be a good guy because he was acting mad when Harry called him a coward. He probably ed Dumbledore at his own orders to gain the chance of aiding Harry at the final moment.
- I'm really curious about the twinkle in the eyes of Dumblkedore when Harry told him that Voldemort used his blood to revive. What effect this have? Maybe it's the reason for the connection between Voldemort and harry, or maybe Harry is a horcrux of Voldemort. We'll just have to see.

Conclusion: we have no idea, about anything is possible and after a few more days we all know. I certainly hope that the ending be surprising and satisfactory, but it probably because the books got better and better through the series.

Posted by Reinier from Maastricht, The Netherlands on July 17, 2007 06:28 AM

Just had a wierd thought, totaly out of the Blue.

If the gleam of triumph in Dumbledore's eye "IS" because something in Harry's blood enables Voldemort to be turned away from evil rather than ed. I still can't imagine JK having Harry anyone - even Voldemort. (Remember Harry did not actualy Quirrell in the book.)

But "IF" he can be turned, then we have the question of the character who becomes a teacher... A reformed Tom Riddle finaly getting the DADA job he wanted so much...? Surely not.

Posted by david from uk on July 17, 2007 07:07 AM

lia16 from Australia -

nice theories! madame pince and eileen prince, why not? although madame pince was left out in the movies, it is possible that she'll only make an appearance in the 6th movie right..

about ginny as the last horcrux.. i also think that for a really tragic ending, harry has live in the end but someone he loves so much. i also noticed godric's features that is similar with one of our main characters. godric obviously has the weasley's red hair and the potter's (lily's and harry's) green eyes. does this saying anything?

btw, i noticed in the OOTP movie that many people's names in the black family tree was burnt. didn't the book only mentioned sirius' and uncle alphard's names as burnt? i saw in the movie other names like phineas and andromeda; i didn't saw regulus' name there. it was like kept hidden from the aunce's view, like a surprise.

last question.. what happens to gilderoy lockhart in the end? he was last mentioned in the OOTP book, still locked up in st. mungo's.

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on July 17, 2007 07:29 AM

To Raghav from France on July 16, 2007 11:25 AM:

Hm, I don't think you can apparate from inside Azkaban (or anywhere on the island it's on).

On the pensieve thought. I don't think it would have made a difference if Harry would have shown his memory in a pensieve. It still only is a memory. The way Harry remembers an event. And a pensieve can contain both thoughts and memories. A memory is not the same as truth. A memory can be biased. I think for example that the memory that Harry say of James, in OotP when he was having occlumency with Snape, was highly biased. Because Snape loathed James, every memory
Snape has of James always show James as the bad guy. Whether he did something seriously wrong, or when he was pulling a small prank on Snape. Otherwise, the same memory, but then James version, would propably be a lot different, if we would be able to see it.

To Heather from Kentucky on July 16, 2007 6:51 PM:
This has already been discussed a lot, few pages back. I'm certain that RAB is Regulus, since in the Dutch version the abbreviation on the note is RAZ and Regulus Black is named Regulus Zwarts in the Dutch version of the book. As to the locket, someone here mentioned, correctly, that the locket in Grimmauld Place was silver and not gold as was Slytherins.

The P(r)ince is interesting.

Some theory of my own. I think that Snape was closer to Voldemort than anyone else (maybe because of a father-son connection as suggested, though I doubt it). Maybe Snape asked Voldemort not to Lily because he loved her. This can of course only be the case if Snape knew, after telling Voldemort about the prophecy that, that it concerned the Potters (Snape hadn't realized himself, but Voldemort realizing instantly or something). Than he could have asked Voldemort not to Lily. That is then why Voldemort gave Lily the chance to flee, but when she didn't want to take that chance, Voldemort ed her anyway. This left Snape so angry, that he switched sides. And this would also make clear why Dumbledore trusts Snape through and trough. Also would explain why Snape hates Harry so much, because he reminds him of James (whom he loathed) and of Lily (for whose he is responsible). The combination of those two facts make Snape hate Harry (in the sort of anger, self anger and grief way).

Posted by flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 17, 2007 09:54 AM

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