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J.K. Rowling goes Beyond the Epilogue

J.K. Rowling has announced in a new interview with that the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was vague on purpose. She admitted her original epilogue was "a lot more detailed," but now that Book 7 is in our hands, J.K. no longer has to hold back any information about Harry Potter, and has now given us a lot of new details about the story and the characters.

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Reader Comments: (Page 31)

That's how I took it too, Joe!

It's perfectly possible for a teacher at a boarding school to be married and it has never been considered unprofessional. Often in the old days when teachers did live in, married quarters would be provided for senior teachers. This is still the case for the headmasters and headmistresses of some private schools. Otherwise teachers' spouses might seeking lodgings nearby. Given that Neville can disapparate, he can easily disapparate from Hogsmeade to the Leaky Cauldron when he is off duty. Or Hannah can disapparate to Hogsmeade and walk up to the school.

I suspect Jo left all the teachers in an implied state of celibacy to avoid bringing a whole lot of extraneous characters into the story!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on February 20, 2008 8:10 PM

Maybe I am being really stupid here but....

If the Elder wand is unbeatable, how did Dumbledore ever defeat Grindlewald in a duel? In the DH it says that the wand exchanges hands through , not through duels-in any case, whoever had the wand would remain victorious.

And yet Dumbledore beat the unbeatable

Posted by Mrs Severus Snape from England on February 23, 2008 4:33 PM

i would really like to see a few generations later how much the potter name is like valued or how much of a hero his family is looked at.

Posted by Anonymous on February 23, 2008 5:14 PM

No, the Elder Wand doesn't exchange hands through - remember Draco Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore even though he didn't him. Therefore the wand is beatable in a sense - you have to disarm the owner. I guess Dumbledore found a way to disarm Grindelwald. The wand only works if actually USED to defend or attack I suppose - just holding the wand wouldn't do it.

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on February 27, 2008 11:28 AM

What about Draco, though? does he become semi good? what about his son? does he become friends with Harry and rion's kids? i hope so. that would be so cool!

Posted by Megan from New Bedford, MA on February 27, 2008 4:36 PM

I just finished reading the 7th book.. it's so exciting!
And answering the article's question, I'd like to know more about Hagrid and his so "common" pets.
Also, where are the Potters living? In 12 Grimmauld Place?

Posted by Victor from Mexico on February 28, 2008 10:04 PM

I found out that Teddy Lupin isn't a werewolf, but he is a metamorphmagi.

Posted by Rushtail on March 2, 2008 06:49 AM

What disturbes me most about the epilogue is that the Houses are still intact and that the same rumours and prejudices are attached to them. Little Albus Severus fears that he be in Slytherin.. what an awful beginning for a school career for a young child! I hate Ron's remark to Rosie about not getting too friendly with Draco's son. They are already turning their kids against each other and establish the ideal conditions for bullying ala James and Snape, not to mention an ideal breeding ground for another Voldemort. I was shocked to learn nothing has changed really.

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on March 7, 2008 06:29 AM

I found the comments from Geoginia and Elizabeth made earlier on (p.7/8) very interesting. They raised the question whether Voldemort was evil from an early age or not. While I have to agree with Elizabeth who said Voldemort was already showing the compulsive behaviour of a psychopath at the age of 11, this still leaves the question WHY Tom Riddle was who he was... as we know, Riddle was conceived under the influence of a love potion. Merope Gaunt gave it to Tom Riddle Senior. While I understand her actions in a way ( she lead a dreadful life threatened and tormented by her father and brother and wanted to escape from it) this must still be seen as an act of violation. In my opinion, she raped T.R.Senior; she drugged him and took him therefore by force. She destroyed his life and his relationship with Cecilia. I think in this lies the reason for Voldemort's evil: he came into being by force, not love (as opposed to Harry, who was the child of pure love and therefore protected in powerful ways). Rowling's main theme in the books is the power of love, that pure love gives the loved person abilities that can be life-changing (see Snape's love for Lily which made him turn his back on evil) or life-saving ( in Harry's case).
Voldemort was not conceived by love and turned out to be evil.
This is of course a daring statement and not applicable to real life; think about a woman who gets pregnant through rape and decides to keep the child. Of course this child is not condemned to be bad.

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on March 7, 2008 07:37 AM

im a very good fan of harry potter.i read 1 2 3 4 5 6. im on number 7 page 618 where harry is asking where the lost diadem is.i want to know if ron and hermione are going to come and help and i want to know where ron and hermione are. if someone tells me my question i really appreciate it.thank you everyone

Posted by chris brooks from tampa florada on March 9, 2008 8:26 PM

Who did draco malfoy marry?

Posted by rasha from lexington, sc on March 11, 2008 5:21 PM

When I first got to know Harry, It was because of my sons wanted to see the first movie. That's all I remenber, after that I fell In love with the books and the movies and everything. I have lived a wonderful experience thru the whole story. I believe that mrs. Rawlings has enough imagination to write as many books as she wants, one thing is for sure, harry always be present in our lives, he is inmortal,the biggest wizard ever, and his story be known forever. One question though, why did harry never visit the caribbean or some tropical imaginary contry?. all around the world, we want a little piece of his story.

Posted by Miguel Jerez from Dominican Republic on March 11, 2008 6:13 PM

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