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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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Melissa for WA, that was one of the Rumours on JKR's official site. She said she is not an animagus, but she is not a proper cat either. She said that if you read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you might just figure out what she really is.

Posted by Raghav from France on July 19, 2007 01:11 AM

You of course have evidence to back up that all Seers are like Trelawney?
With regards to Trelawney, when you read her closely she does actually make a whole host of 'predictions' and she frequently tries to warn Dumbledore in HBP that danger is approaching. We regard Trelawney as an old fraud because it has been implanted into our minds that she is - except of course she is not a fraud, because she does make Prophecies.
However, I would make a distinction between the trance like prophecies that Trelawney makes and the possibility of a seeing through the likes of dreams. To take an example - in GoF, Harry dreams about Voldemort at the Riddle house - and before everyone starts to shout 'mind connection' - this dream is different, as it is in 3rd person perspective. Harry watches the dream as if he is watching a video - he is seperate from the action, a viewer. There is no reason - if Lily were a Seer, that she did not SEE through dreams.
To quickly go back to Harry's dream in GoF, I know it is implied that it is part of the mind connection dreams - it may very well be, but it is worth pointing out that throughout OotP Harry dreams in the 1st person - he is part of the action, he is the snake, he sees his reflection in the mirror - but it is Voldemort's face looking back. He is completely at one with Voldemort in these dreams, in GoF he is seperate to it all. There is a difference, and erm, yes, I implying that Harry is a Seer although he does not know it yet - this may be the importance of 'Harry has his mother's eyes'.
I have often wondered if Harry's inability to close his mind (Occlumnecy) is well hidden clue to the idea of him being a Seer. It is a long shot I know...

Posted by Orlando from England on July 19, 2007 03:12 AM

I was think and i could be very off on this, but who ever said that the for founders were pure blood? how do we know that they were not muggle born? and in that case how do we know that the evans (lily/Petunia) were not related to gryffindor? and if that was the case alot of muggle borns could be related to them and then also who is to say Hermione's family did not have a squib in the past like her gradparent or some thing? you know it's genetic right?so it would still be in the family right?

Posted by Jack from Iraq for now soon to be RI on July 19, 2007 04:01 AM

You have to remember that Trelawney is a horrible excuse for a seer. She has only had what, 2 prophecies? So you really can't use her as an example. If it were true that to see the future you had to yourself forget it, then why would there even be a divination class in the first place? if it is truly just something that happens. I think the sight into the future is much deeper than that, and therefore, Lily could have seen the imminent attack on her son.
I don't know what all the hullaballoo is about Harry being a horcrux is, JK said he isn't. Besides, Dumbledore said that if Nagini is a horcrux,that would be the first time a living being was made a horcrux. I honestly believe there is no way Harry is a horcrux. It's too easy. There are enough "Jesus stories" out there, and for JKR to go with this ending, she would be taking the easy way out. So to say that Harry is the final Horcrux and therefore must sacrifice himself to save the world, is saying that this woman has run out of imagination. Frankly, if Harry is the last Horcrux, I'll eat the sorting hat.

Posted by Christine Faust from Tampa,Fl, USA on July 19, 2007 05:07 AM

Crookshanks is not an animagus. JK said so.
The closed room is, according to Dumbledore, a room full of love

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 19, 2007 06:36 AM

i love the idea that crookshanks might be an animagus.
im wondering why harry cannot see the thestrals in the ends of the 4th book when he has seen cedric ?

Posted by lucy from britain on July 19, 2007 07:23 AM

Crookshanks attacks Scabbers because Crookshanks is a CAT and Scabbers is a RAT. basic animal instincts. But I guess Crookshanks may actually be the evil lord ollivander, upset that he had not yet recieved full payment for Pettigrew's wand.

Posted by ParryHotter on July 19, 2007 07:29 AM

Orlando -- the only thing wrong with Nagini being Voldemort's animagus form is that they are both in the same room at the same time in the opening scene of GOF, when she (oh yeah, and Nagini's a female) slithers in to tell him that there's an old man cowering in the hallway. I don't think Voldy's an animagus because he would have been using that to his advantage all over the place. Nagini's probably a horcrux (if a living being can be a horcrux), though, just because of the close bond between Voldy & Nagini...

Posted by Susi from Denver on July 19, 2007 07:56 AM

Will we see the time turners again? If Dumbledore is so powerfull and respectable, why didn't the MoM give him a time turner to go to the past, so in that way Dumbledore could investigate much better Tom Riddle, for instance, in times where he was student in Hogwarts. If Hermione could use it during the third year only for taking more classes, it would be much more important to watch (not taking part) Riddle closely.
Of course, the "time travelling" resource were used by Rowling only in PoA, perhaps she doesn't want to use that anymore.

Posted by patricio from my computer on July 19, 2007 07:58 AM

I wonder which happy thought Snape usese to conjure his patronus. His childhood was not happy so it probably is somthing else, I guess it has something to do with either Dumbledore or Voldemort. Or even better with Lilly

Posted by diceking from hulst, the netherlands on July 19, 2007 08:17 AM

Hi Everyone!
I found this site yesterday and have very much enjoyed reading all the comments, I have to say that you have impressed me with your insight and knowledge! I just thought i would add my 2 cents worth... I think its likely that Dumbledores' portrait be what provides HP with the tools he needs to carry on his journey rather than coming back to life. However, I have an odd feeling that Sirius may rejoin us again. I say that because of what Luna said to HP about the veil, i'm sorry that i cannot quote for you but it was about the voices behind the veil and maybe HP figure out a way to have Sirius come back through, I am hoping this happen, even though it seems very unlikely.

Posted by Suzanne from Simsbury, Connecticut on July 19, 2007 11:06 AM

"Neither can live while the other survives."
Could that also possibly mean that neither can live while the other s. Could Harry and Voldemort be that closely entwined?

Posted by Parry Hotter on July 19, 2007 11:50 AM

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