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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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Orlando from england;

Wow, love the whole idea about Lily being a seer completely fits with everything.

Frank from Toronto;

completely agree with the theory, i personally think that Albus and Aberforth have been impersonating each other through Polyjuice potion. (see my posts on the mystery of Aberforth article.)

Posted by Tarz from Sydney, Australia on July 18, 2007 12:30 AM

Severus Snape - first name could mean Severe, which he is, or sever us as in part us or separate us...could us be Harry and Voldemort seeing as Snape brought them together by telling Voldemort about the prophecy which set the whole course of events in motion.

In PS (p15), McGonegall says "I wouldn't be suprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future" on 1st November as she and Dumbledore are waiting outside the Dursleys for Hagrid to bring Harry. 1st November is All Saints Day otherwise known as All Hallows. Fitting don't you think? (The 2nd of November is All Souls Day, a Christian Festival with prayers for the souls of the ...ominous maybe)

Given that Harry could have been conceived on Halloween (All Hallows Eve), James and Lily were ed and Voldemort and Harry joined/linked on Halloween...

Posted by Joe from England on July 18, 2007 03:29 AM

Madam Malkin...

The Ollivander anagram is brilliant. So simple and obvious (when it is pointed out to you) that it has to be deliberate.

With him marked as "An Evil Lord" we now have to ask how he fits into the final scheme of things. I think the fact that he pre-dates Tom Riddle is probably irrelevant, but the fact that he has supplied just about every witch and wizard's wand (good or bad) is a very scary thought. Can he exercise an element of control over every wand he has supplied, (like a virus spell planted when he made them)?

It has been noted elsewhere that there are no wands to be seen in any of the cover art, all of a sudden this may have become very significant. Remember, the "Power the Dark Lord knows not" does not need a wand to enact.

Posted by David from Uk on July 18, 2007 05:19 AM

Your idea that Lily was a seer is mind-blowing. it ties up all the loose ends of that fateful night and explains everything. even if she knew only minutes before, there was still enough time to make preparations. they may have known that it must have been peter who betrayed them, but there are other ways to find out a secret...look at fred and george's extendable ears, and they are amatuer magic. and even if they knew that it was peter that betrayed them, if they had a short amount of time, that is such a miniscule thing to take care of, considering someone is about to you and attempt to your son. she may have seen the imminent attack on her family, but not seen the mix up between peter and sirius. a seer does not see everything. look at trelawny: she has had some great prophecies, yet has the insight of a ant about to be crushed.

Orlando, I am curious...what do you think of my idea that voldemort and dumbledore are animagus?

Posted by Christine Faust from Tampa, FL USA on July 18, 2007 07:02 AM

In HP and the prisioner of Azkaban, Snape got insulted by the Marauder's Map - Snape's Grudge ("Mr moony presents his compliments to professor snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other peopoe's buisness.
"Mr prongs agrees with Mr moony, and would like to add that professor snape is an ugly git"...)
Snape got confused, didn't understand what's going on..
and then in HP and the order of the phoenix, when Harry saw Sirius attacked in his dream he told Snape about that, something like "Voldemort caught Padfoot!", Snape understood this and went to Sirius's house, to check if hes alright...

How did he know he meant to Sirius? in Prisioner of Azkaban he didn't understand that!

Posted by An!ma9us from Israel on July 18, 2007 07:04 AM

Yes, perhaps Petunia be the one no one expects doing magic. She hated her freak sister so much, but perhaps she only was jealous. Anyway, it would be shocking to her, to Harry and even more to Vernon! but I don't think (as someone said) that she (as her sister did) save Harry sacrificing herself, because she doesn't care about him.

To Orlando: the theory about Lilly being a seer is really great, but just one thing I don't get: You say Dumbmledore would not reveal the location of the Potter's, so they could lost the opportunity of defeating Voldemort because he might not mark Harry as an equal, right?
You mean that the Potter's took that prophecy really seriously (but I also think that Dumbledore agreed with them not to be the Secret Keeper, in order to be located by Voldemort). In HBP I think, Dumbmledore tried so hard to make Harry understand that was Voldemort who choose to make the prophecy fulfilled, instead of decide to wait until the kids were grown up or even not to Harry. It's tricky, but I think Dumbmledore told Harry that the prophecy was important only because Voldemort choose to do it.
Unless the Potter's and Dumbmledore decided to act so as to fulfill the prophecy, because perhaps you mean that Lilly (as seer) �saw� Voldemort attacking them. In that case, they risk Harry's life trusting in the protection Lilly's going to give him by her sacrifice? They couldn't take Harry away, he had to be there to meet Voldemort. Also, they decided to risk Harry's own life in the future, because he would be �the chosen one� and would have to comfront Voldemort? Besides, was Dumbmledore there, invisible in the cloak or by his own watching everything (he knows a lot of what had happened that night)?
Ufff, it's complicated, but surely be clear in only three days!

Posted by Go Snape Go from buenos aires on July 18, 2007 07:40 AM

madam malkin

well i totally agree with you what a idea ollivander an evil lord just like tom marvolo riddle is lord voldemort when you mix his name... superb

Posted by joe from england on July 18, 2007 08:18 AM

well lia 16

your Ginny being the heir of gryfindor story and 7th child and everything is just superb. Just wanna add something that even Godric Gryfindor has red hair (check wizard of the month photo on jk rowling's official site).

Posted by leo from canada on July 18, 2007 08:25 AM

an!ma9us, snape has probably learnt since about sirius and his nicknames. isn't the word malkin got something to do with cats? i'm not sure though. hmnm.

Posted by lauren from yeah whatever on July 18, 2007 08:45 AM

Joe from England:

Severus means strict and grave. A severe punishment is a heavy punishment.

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 18, 2007 09:50 AM

Is it possible that when Voldemort used the AK curse on Harry, it didn't work because he somehow didn't really mean it? Suggesting some deep inner instinct or whatnot that prevented him from truly delivering the curse. Hmmm. Or, is it possible that Snape, hiding under James's invisibility cloak, which he had recently stolen, intending to sneak up on the Potters to see Lily again, shoots a counter curse that partly blocks the AK, so it veers off after leaving a surface scar? So that all along it has been Snape who is the reason that Harry is the boy who lived, but he can't tell anyone, because he was there for no good reason (except of course a confession to Dumbledore)? Oh well, all speculation soon to end...

Posted by JK from California on July 18, 2007 10:00 AM

About Irma Pince.

Thanks to Monkeyshrines we now know that there is an Irma in the Black familly. It seems pretty far fetched to me but i thought i just made the notice before annyone else did.

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 18, 2007 10:01 AM

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