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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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On the 7 business: There are seven player on a Quidditch team. In the old Jewish-Christian tradition it is the number of fullness (7 days in which the Earth was created lead to 7 days a week etc). Hm, don't know anymore HP 7's for the moment.

Posted by flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 17, 2007 10:05 AM

Hermione: well, everybody thinks that there's something about that girl, right? i'm quite sure she's not Harry's sister (she is muggle, and was attacked by the Basilisk) although that theory could make so much sense, as she is always so worried and sweet to Harry, and they always understand so well each other. She's not his mother (they have different color of eyes) and, as we read in HBP, they're not in love (yet?), so? Just very good friends until now...
I think she be an important part of the book, not only as usual, but Rowling has a surprise for us in that way. After all, she loves Harry, Harry seems to love her too (as close friends) and love is "the power the dark lord knows not".

Posted by Go Snape Go from buenos aires on July 17, 2007 10:31 AM

I think that both Dumbledore and Voldemort are/were animagus. I think that it is possible that Nagini is/was Voldemort's animagus, and he separated it from himself somehow in order to make it a horcrux. My basis of this is in OOTP, harry sees the attack on Mr. Weasley through the snake's eyes, but voldemort was the one invading Harry's thoughts. The idea of dumbledore is complete speculation of DH's cover...I think dumbledore is the dragon.

Posted by Christine Faust from Tampa, FL on July 17, 2007 11:30 AM

First of all, I want to get the Hermione question out of the way. I think she is in love with Ron, and he is in love with her. I think that the only person Harry is even wanting to be his girlfriend is Ginny.
I think it is kind of weird that Sirius's two-way mirrors haven't been mentioned. But I kind of doubt that anything strange is connected with them. They probably play a role in the seventh book, though. I think they help Harry in some way.
And yes, it is strange that Fawkes hasn't shown up. I mean, you'd think that he'd appear and at least try to help Dumbledore. Maybe he was off somewhere else doing some urgent mission. Or maybe, most likely, he knew that he couldn't help Dumbledore, much less save him from being ed.
I really hope that all the Harry Potter fans' questions be answered in the seventh book.

Posted by Emily Davis from Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 17, 2007 1:28 PM

How 'Love' be Voldemort's downfall? Indeed, his lack of understanding love lead to his defeat at the hands of the child Harry Potter, but I don't understand how much that help Harry now that Voldemort's been regenerated using his blood.

And what was so important about there being a 'Gleam of Triumph' in Dumbledore's eyes when he learned that Voldemort regenerated using Harry's blood? Voldemort saw it as an advantage, but there's clearly more to it than meets the eye.

Also, what's so mysterious about Aunt Petunia? If she's not a squib, and she fears magic in general... how can she be anything more than a mere muggle?

Posted by Josh from CT on July 17, 2007 3:36 PM

In an interview with Jk she said someone how hasnt done magic before do magic in the last book. This brought 3 people to my mind, here they are, and why i thought so.

1. Mrs. Figg, i think she might be the one to do magic because she is a squib, but under certain circumstances people thought to be squibs (i.e. Voldeort's mother) turn out to have magic powers, but they have never really shown themselves till they need them, or until stress is gone.

2. Dudley, I think dudley would be PERFECT because magic runs in his mothers side of the family, and maybe he inserted that gene and when his family is in danger he does something extraordinary.

3. Mr. Filch, sure everyone thinks he is a squib. but he might have some magic in him, what if he is dumbledores brother, and only assuming the identity of Mr. Filch. i think that if he does some magic it help harry in some way that show harry even the most unsuspected people have extraordinary power in them.

Posted by Garth from wisconsin on July 17, 2007 4:07 PM

Carl.
Everyone presumes that James Potter had no choice - because JKR herself says he had no choice:
Don't you want to ask me why James's didn't protect Lily and Harry? Thereís your answer, you've just answered your own question, because she could have lived and chose to . James was going to be ed anyway. Do you see what I mean? Iím not saying James wasn't ready to; he d trying to protect his family but he was going to be ed anyway. He had no - he wasn't given a choice, so he rushed into it in a kind of animal way, I think there are distinctions in courage. James was immensely brave. But the caliber of Lily's bravery was, I think in this instance, higher because she could have saved herself. Now any mother, any normal mother would have done what Lily did. So in that sense her courage too was of an animal quality but she was given time to choose. James wasn't. It's like an intruder entering your house, isn't it? You would instinctively rush them. But if in cold blood you were told, "Get out of the way," you know, what would you do? I mean, I don't think any mother would stand aside from their child. But does that answer it? She did very consciously lay down her life. She had a clear choice -
(quote said by JKR 16th July 2005)

Oh Gosh, my idea that Lily was a Seer, I wrote the theory on here an age ago so erm here goes. If Lily Potter was a Seer she may have forseen the events of that fateful Halloween night - if this was the case it means she was forewarned and that she, James & Dumbledore had time to make plans.
She would have had time to make create powerful charms that would have been activated when she d - working alongside Dumbledore ensuring he knew exactly what to do when the time was right (this would explain why Dumbledore knows so much about that night). Dumbledore could also have acted as a 3rd party go between, making contact with Petunia to ensure Harry would be raised by a blood relative - an important part of the power of the charm.
It would also explain why Dumbledore had James' invisibility cloak - as James, knowing he was going to gave to Dumbledore to pass on to Harry - extra protection from his father for the dangerous times ahead.
If Lily was a Seer it means her sacrifice was even greater then we think - it means she had time to think, plot, & plan and she chose to and give the wizarding world Harry - and the only chance of defeating Voldemort. She would have also known that Voldemort would be giving her the chance to live - and yet she still chose to .
It may also explain why the Potter's refused to have Dumbledore as their Secret Keeper - the future is not set in stone, and if Dumbledore held the secret it may have never been revealed - meaning the Potter's would not have d and Harry never 'marked as his equal', meaning the chance to defeat Voldemort would have been lost forever.
Furthermore, if Lily was a Seer it may be the reason Petunia refers to her as a Freak - it must have been unnerving having a sister who could predict the future.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 17, 2007 4:43 PM

Regarding the burns on the Black tapestry, I haven't seen the movie yet, but I do know a thing or two about the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black, thanks to a family tree Jo donated to Book Aid. The burned-off members were disowned for the following reasons:

~Phineas Black (born sometime between 1877 and 1884, Son of Phineas Nigellus Black and Ursula Flint) - Disowned because he supported Muggle rights.
~Marius Black (Born sometime between 1915 and 1920, Son of Cygnus Black and Violetta Bulstrode) - Disowned for being a squib.
~Cedrella Black-Weasley (born sometime after 1919, daughter of Arcturus Black and Lysandra Yaxley) - Disowned because she married Septimus Weasley, a "blood traitor." (See, this Weasley is a blood traitor thing goes way back)
~Andromeda Black-Tonks (born 1953, daughter of Cygnus Black and Druella Rosier) - Disowned for marrying Theodore Tonks, a Muggle-born.
~Alphard Black (born sometime between 1925 and 1938, d 1976, son of Pollux Black and Irma Crabbe) - Disowned because he gave gold to his runaway nephew, Sirius.
~Sirius Black (born c.1960, d 1996, Son of Orion Black and Walburga Black) - Disowned when he ran away from home.

I think that's all of them, and there may have been more in the movie, but I won't be able to confirm that until I see it.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 17, 2007 5:41 PM

I do agree that the dragon on the cover is Dumbledore. I believe Tom Riddle himself mentioned that Dumbledore was a Transfiguration teacher while he was at Hogwarts. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore is , but she did not say "Albus Dumbledore," is , which means it might have been his brother who was ed to throw everyone off. Sounds wild but Rowling has had bigger plot twists in the past.

Posted by Frank from Toronto, Ontario on July 17, 2007 8:12 PM

Can't there be only one heir? I know its wacky but what if there was only one heir to the hogwarts founders after mixing after generations? ok...no,its wacky. By the way to Wizzard11 if Lily was Voldys half sister he wouldnt had cared...he ed his own grandparents and his father. PLus of all the theorie that Hermione is Harrys sister...I find it quite impossible since Hermione could had been in the Invisibility cloak since Dumbledore had it and somewhere I read JK was gonna give Hermy a little sister...but I think it would be cool for Harry to keep Ron's sister and Ron to keep ( Hermione) Harry's. I have some questions to:
* Who be abble to make magic?
*Are dementors gonna be crucial (well maybe not crucial but important) to the horcruxes' destruction?
* What the heck happened to Dumbledore?
* Will harry (hope not)
*Who Harry end with?
* Does the order's name ( Order of the Phoenix) have something to do with Dumbledore's supposed horcrux figure?
* How Harry communicate with Sirius?
*Which is the remaining horcrux?
*How does Petunia knows so much about the wizardy world?
*How does Harry s Voldemort?
*Heck yeah was the something fishy in Snt. Mungos?
*Where do people say Draco is a werewolf?
*Will Harry ever see his parents again( in other form than a misty image as in GoF)?
* why doesnt Harry see his parents ?
* and many more

Posted by areluna from california on July 17, 2007 10:07 PM

I totally agree, JK said dumbledore is but I do not believe it as it is, she is a tricky writer, I believe all our suspicions are correct and we see him in the 7th book somehow, after all, the greatest wizard in the world ed without a fight? I mean in OOTP he escaped from the ministery with a wave of his hand, anyways, only 3 more days, anyone else going to camp out for the midnight release party?

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, California on July 17, 2007 10:12 PM

Okay, so I know I have left a few long comments on here before...Well, here's another one!
If Mundungus does indeed have the locket, does that mean that Harry, Ron and Hermionie have to go to Azkaban (because Mundungus is there - arrested for pretending to be an Inferius in HBP)?
Why did Arthur Weasly have to go to Azkaban? In PoA, George Weasley says "Dad had to go out to Azkaban one time, remember, Fred?". Is there something about Mr. Weasley we don't know? He can't have gone out there for work, because the office he works in is the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts, what has that got to do with Azkaban? Is this why they were 'blood-traitors'?
I have also been thinking about the heirs of the Four Founders...here's who I think they are.

SLYTHERIN - Tom Marvolo Riddle/Voldemort (Gaunt family, obviously)
GRIFFINDOR - The Weasley family. (I originally thought that Dumbledore or Harry was, but JKR dismissed that rumor on her site)
HUFFLEPUFF - Hepzibah Smith (given) and Zacharias Smith. Both Hebrew names and both in Hufflepuff house....
RAVENCLAW - Luna Lovegood or Cho Chang. More likely to be Luna.
What do you think? I'm counting the days.....

Posted by lia16 from Australia on July 17, 2007 10:14 PM

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