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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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Desi from Miami:
You have just made that whole scene make sense! I didn't really get what was up with that baby, but now... now I do! Thank you!

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 22, 2007 10:15 PM

Yes, Desi, this is what I believe, too. Up in the "real world", Voldemort is still alive. Harry has brought that little, ugly piece of Voldemort with him to the station. Dumbledore tells him he can go back if he wants. But the little ugly peice of Voldemort is ing, it cannot go back.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 22, 2007 10:16 PM

I'll miss Fred... wonder what happen to George?

Posted by dayu from indonesia on July 22, 2007 10:32 PM

JKR did an awesome job. The book was great. But there were a few things that would have been nice to who is the new headmaster of hogwarts, what's harry's job etc. Also, this is probably a dumb question, but if the elder wand is unbeatable then how did Dumbledore win it from Grindelwald in the duel (although Dumbledore was more sful of the two, according to his own admission)?

Anyway, thanks to the creator of this site. I throughly enjoyed all your theories. Great work!

Posted by Rt from Norman, OK on July 22, 2007 10:32 PM

Very spectacular ending though I hate losing Fred, the Weasley Twins were among my favorite characters...sigh! well anyway, I hope when they make a movie out of the ly Hallows, it be longer, something like 4 dvds! 3 hours each.
Well its finally over but I wouldn't mind reading all the books all over again!
Was a bit emotional but really it was a spectular ending, simply shows that evil can never triumph over good!

Fear not fellow fans, we have two more movies to go!

Thanks for the great ending Jo! I love it!

ps: my wife is still reading the ly Hallows

Posted by Ben Brian G. Palmes from Philippines on July 22, 2007 10:39 PM

Lots of great comments, and here's some things I picked up while reading to pass on to those with questions... regarding Umbridge and the locket, JKR says (through Harry's thoughts, I believe), that here's Umbridge as this investigator of Mudbloods, so to bolster her own family tree she takes this locket off Mundungus with an "S" on it and tries to pass it off as the "Selwyn" family locket, like she's this pureblood with an ancient family history. She clearly didn't get the significance of it. Also, the baby under the chair, I thought that was VERY significant. It's definitely Voldemort's bit of soul, and not only that, because all of the other horcruxes (with the exception of Nagini) have been destroyed, that's pretty much ALL that's left of Voldemort's soul. Clearly the nasty little thing is struggling against being there, and Harry (who does put on robes after he wakes up, by the way, go back and re-read that he does this) and Dumbledore are completely whole and happy to be there. And Harry makes a comment to Voldemort during their final meeting, he basically says, 'you'd better show remorse, because I've seen what you are going to be like (on the other side), and it isn't so pretty.'

JKR, if you are reading these comments out there, I just have to say THANK YOU for sharing your incredible story with us. You have an amazing gift!

Posted by DJ's Gal from California on July 22, 2007 10:55 PM

Ahh, I hadn't thought of that - I assumed it was Voldemort's future self? And that's why Harry said he'd seen what Voldemort would become if he didn't show remorse. I need to re-read.

BUT! Who was the character that was a Squib/non-magic user that suddenly did magic late in life? JK said so, but I couldn't catch it.

P.S. I adore Snape.

Posted by Kaitlyn from Irvine, CA on July 22, 2007 10:56 PM

A previous quote:- "Cowards do what is expent. Narcissa "helps" Harry simply because it furthers her own needs." Yes - yes indeed, and this is pivotal to the story. It also it picks up on the governing motif of Love.

Narcissa, as we saw previously in HBP, essentially puts her son above her loyalty to Voldemort (as I think any caring mother would) and she asks Snape to help her save her son because she loves Draco.

At the point in DH where Narcissa lies, she may well be lying for her own ends BUT it ensures that Harry survives, in fact, without it Harry might have d - maybe a second AK course would or do enough damage that Harry would not be able to fight strongly enough.

I suspect that the Malfoys always retain their attitude but it is now more the attitude of the monied and affluent to the poor, rather than the pureblood vs. mudblood attitude they could safely maintain before.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 22, 2007 10:58 PM

To JK from California, to answer your question about Harry and the money and helping out the Weasleys, Do you remember that bit in book 2 about Harry going to Gringotts with the Weasleys and he was embarrassed about having money while they didn't? It said Harry would gladly have shared all his gold with them but he knew they would be too proud to accept. Ms. Rowling is also very clear about money (and by extension, greed)not being one of Harry's top priorities, that he only thinks of it when it he's spending or making use of it (like giving the triwizard money to the twins). She even emphasized it in Book 1, that Dumbledore said Harry did not see wealth or immortality in the Mirror of Erised. Hope that helps.

James Potter being rich has also been implied. Think of it this way: in book 3 (and a few other instances afterward), Sirius and James are described as the forerunners of the Weasley Twins. I think it's was Ms. Rowling's way of saying that James is ALMOST like Sirius' twin in background, ideals, etc. Notice that Ms. Rowling is careful to compare Sirius and James with Fred and George, and NOT Ron and Harry?

The fun thing about the HP books is that you find a bonus story beneath the straightforward one.

As for the loopholes, try looking again, maybe the answers are just waiting on your next read. I'm not saying Ms. Rowling is perfect, but close enough. The only head-scratcher i found was in book 2, which i believe she used the wrong word.. that Tom Riddle was the 'last ancestor of Salazar Slytherin'. I think she meant 'last descendant', don't you think?

By the way, Book 7 did mention that Fred and George were still running their business via mail (owl) order from Auntie Muriel's.

Posted by Phoebe from Philippines on July 22, 2007 11:03 PM

great book! im upset now...upset that there won't be anymore hp books...anyhow, hopefully, jk rowling would be writing plenty of new stories that we could enjoy, even if she did they be as good as hp?...

Posted by tiny from london, england on July 22, 2007 11:07 PM

I was severely disappointed with the epilogue. I recall reading years ago that Ms. Rowling said she'd already written the last chapter; I don't know exactly when she wrote it, but it may well be that Luna is absent because she hadn't been created yet.

I was a little confused by what happened to the Sorting Hat. Being blasted and bursting into flames would seem like it should cause non-repairable magical damage.

Although Harry never casts Avada Kedavra, he does frequently use the Imperius Curse against innocent targets. Is that not also unforgivable?

Finally, since I don't have the book handy, when did the Goblins say that wizards stole Gryffindor's sword? Could it be that the sword had indeed been given back to the goblins well before the time of SS but was magically stolen from them, by Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat, in CoS?

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 22, 2007 11:10 PM

I am a bit confused... I remember the goblin runs away with Godric Gryffindor sword during the Gringotts chapter. How did Neville get hold of the sword when he s Nagini, or does the sorting hat provides him the sword the same way it did in chamber of secrets?

Posted by rahul on July 22, 2007 11:14 PM

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