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The Aftermath: We were all correct

by David Haber

Sometime a week before Book 7 came out, someone commented that Harry would die, but then come back. I think most everyone on the site thought it was a silly idea. But I told several people at that time that I thought that just might be the perfect solution, although I couldn't figure out how J.K. could make it work. J.K. did, of course! So, the half of the Harry Potter fans in the world who thought Harry would die were right! And the other half who thought he would live were also right!

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Reader Comments: (Page 11)

First--What an amazing book....didn't you feel like you just had to remember to breathe or to move sometimes because the action was just so riveting?
Second--a wonderful moment-- my 19 year old son reading the end of the book as I drove him to the airport and he said--Way to go Mrs. Weasley!--that's so like you mom!"
Third--funny so many creatures seemed to disappear from the story--Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris for two examples. Thought they'd have a special secret.
Fourth--Dumbledore was a very complicated person. Even at the penultimate year of his life, he could be tempted by power and desire and forget his priorities as he put on the ring. When he said he admired Harry's character, he really meant it.
Five--The wedding made me cry.
Six-It must have been amazing for Jim Dale to be reading this aloud, not knowing any more than we did about what the next pages would bring.
Happy hearts Harry and JK!

Posted by mrs. Weasley from indianapolis IN on July 22, 2007 9:03 PM

I think the ultimate magic of the Harry Potter Series and the genius of Ms. Rowling is that she did answer every single question--and not all the questions are answered in the last book. Ms. Rowling planted some answers in as early as the first book! It's up to the reader re-read the books to find the answers. Like the question of how Neville was able to get the sword was answered in book 2: the sword of Gryffindor be able extracted from the sorting hat by a true Griffindor who needs it. And Ms. Rowling has laid the foundation of how significant it was that Harry looks like his dad, but had his mother's eyes. that's why Snape hated him, yet kept him safe. Snape hated James' memory, but go to any lengths to preserve Lily's. Ms. Rowling has ensured that her books be read again, and again, and again. Need more answers? Look again. It's there.

By the way, to the reader who wondered why the diadem of Ravenclaw seems to be virtually unprotected, Ms. Rowling answered that question too. Hogwarts is one of the most magically protected place in the HP universe, and the reason that Voldemort thought Dumbledore & the good guys wouldn't find it in the Room of Requirement is that he thought that only rule-breakers would have gone in to the Room of Requirement "Storeroom" and certainly Goody Two Shoes Dumbledore is too rule-abiding. To quote, Harry said 'Too bad for him (Voldemort) that I've had to hide things in my time'!

Posted by Phoebe from Philippines on July 22, 2007 9:04 PM

It was a GREAT book, and JK didn't leave any loose ends, but there are still a few things I am wondering. Most of all though, why did Umbridge have/want the locket?

Posted by Dave on July 22, 2007 9:14 PM

Dear Phoebe from the phillipines - thanks for that explanation/reminder as to why Neville gets the sword. You are right, of course!

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 9:20 PM

Thank you David for keeping this fantastic site! I love the final book as much as each of you! I was most shaken by the of Dobby, got myself in tears. And of course there's Snape. JKR should really have put his potrait in the headmaster room so that Harry could talk to Snape after the battle.
A quick question, JKR mentioned before that two main characters d in the final book. Who exactly was she referring to? Snape for sure. Is Fred or Lupin or Dobby the other one?

Posted by Sarah from New York on July 22, 2007 9:30 PM

how could dumbledore have beat grindelwald if he had the elder wand? and if dumby had the elder wand, how did draco disarm him. that thing seems like it stops working a lot. and did harry survive through all the books just because his mother d for him. i mean, could voldermort ever have ed him when harry was under 17, or did lily make it impossible?

Posted by Anonymous on July 22, 2007 9:32 PM

I think the cover is Harry about to cath the elder wand. We can't really see Harry's right hand, which is probably holding Draco's wand.
Beautiful job by JK explaining what was to me unexplainable: how could Snape really be on the "right" side, because he lamented the Potter's , and yet so hate Harry? Simple answer: he loved Lily, loathed James, and Harry looked like James!
I also LOVED that Dumbledore had weaknesses; but, notice, he CHOSE not to seek power because it was his weakness. Terrific!
Also: the Malfoys never really reform; they are bullies, and bullies are cowards. Cowards do what is expent. Narcissa "helps" Harry simply because it furthers her own needs.
I would have LOVED to see Dudley in the train station with HIS wizard son, Harry. How cool would that have been?

Posted by Yo Fitz from Long Beach CA on July 22, 2007 9:34 PM

There is one question I still have from book one; if I missed the answer, someone please enlighten me! How come Harry was the inheritor of so much gold? Is it like in bk 7, that whoever owned the ly hallow invisibility cloak would probably be rich (meaning I assume they could steal whenever they wanted to--that doesn't seem right) or did i miss something about James's inheritance? Or was it just that it seemed a lot of money to Harry, who'd never had any? I've actually wondered about this gold in Gringotts over all the books. Why doesn't he help out the Weasleys, for instance, since they are like his adopted family, and seem to need cash? At least once we are told he doesn't buy things for Ron, so as not to insult him, but what about in the later books, when he's a member of the OoP? How about in the final book, when no one can work? it's just kind of weird to me that this is never discussed. Harry is very rich, but he never touches his money. Why not?

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 9:35 PM

I think on the "people we cared about who d"... Snape needs to be mentioned.

I love Snape so... knew he coulnd't bad! grrr... I'm still crying... so sad...

Posted by MrsRemusLupin on July 22, 2007 9:38 PM

THE CLOAK! In the 4th book moody saw through the cloak! Loophole!

Posted by seriousblue from ny,ny on July 22, 2007 9:45 PM

One little moment that now makes more sense to me is that when Harry and Snape are first doing occlumency lessons, Harry has a memory of himself as a little boy in Dudley's too big hand-me-downs, and Snape momentarily pauses, as if he has some sympathy....a small thing, but I think he did at that moment wonder if Harry were a kindred spirit after all. Then he shut it out because of his greater hatred of James.

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 9:51 PM

I loved this book. I agree that there were some parts that felt slow, but I understand the reason why. My question, if anyone out there can answer it, is in reference to the King's Cross Chapter. I've heard a lot of people say that the baby under the seat at King's Cross was Voldemort himself, that's why when Harry was revived he saw Voldemort waking up too. I was under the impression that the baby was the part of Voldemort's soul that was living in Harry, making him the 7th Horcrux. By leaving the baby behind, Harry left behind the piece of Voldemort that invaded his soul 16 years earlier. What do you think?

Posted by Desi from Miami, Florida on July 22, 2007 10:03 PM

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