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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 15)

WOW! this book was brilliant. i wrapped everything up so that is was believable.

i am so glad that Harry, Ron and Hermione survived and that Snape really was on Harry's side. (i had posted on the site before that i thought that Snape was Harry's last and greatest protector)

i was definately shocked by Dobby's and Fred's s. i kinda knew that lupin would so that he could be re-united with James and Sirius.

After finding out about the ly Hallows i believe it was this that was the power that Voldemort never knew of instead of love (being the true master of , something Voldemort tried to become and failed by using Horcruxes). Dumbledore didn't tell Harry about the hallows so he could find out for himself and go on the "Quest". i think Dumbledore knew as soon as he saw James' invisibility cloak who Harry was a decendant of and already knew what he was destined to become.

1 final thing: thank you for this brilliant website.

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 23, 2007 03:02 AM

I absolutely loved the book, all of the books come to that. It's sad there (probably) won't be more of them.

I haven't read all the comments on this article, so maybe somebody already answered this question.
Someone was wondering who the creature/'thing' was in King's Cross. It's the soul of Voldemort. I wasn't sure of that at first, but I searched Wikipedia and it tells the same: "A wounded and creature lies on the floor, representing Voldemort's damaged soul." Wonderful if you ask me.

Posted by Ingeborg from Holland on July 23, 2007 03:09 AM

JKR said the veil return. Looks like it did not.

Posted by Anonymous on July 23, 2007 03:11 AM

Oh, and I forgot to say:
I absolutely got goosebumps from the last sentence. Delicious!

Posted by Ingeborg from Holland on July 23, 2007 03:15 AM

This was simply a marvelous book. As always a small unnoticeable detail in the beginning of the book leads to the entire plot in the end; only this time the details were given in the preceding books and look where they ended up: becoming the best plot ever. I especially liked the chapters "The ly Hallows", "The Prince's Tale" and "The Battle of Hogwarts" and of course the scene of Tom Riddle's .

I'm simply amazed that the spell cast upon the readers for so long would continue to remain in effect even though the story has ended. I certainly can't stop thinking about Albus Severus Potter and James Harry Potter even after finishing the book several hours ago. Thanks Jo!

Posted by Irtiza Nazar from Islamabad, Pakistan on July 23, 2007 03:23 AM

Let's pay some respect to our Professor Snape, a true hero throughout the whole adventure. We re gonna miss you so much, u and ur story live forever.
So long, my silver doe...

Posted by Kristen S. from Hong Kong, China on July 23, 2007 03:28 AM

Just to make something clear..

Harry is not a horcrux by purpose but due to the extensive fragemntation of Voldemorts soul. When he casts the AK on Harry and it bounces off, one fragment simply `falls out of place' into Harry.

Also, the Elder Wand was won from Dumbledore by Malfoy due to his disarming cast on AD while he stuns Harry... and then followed the path to Harry.

And last but not least. The most important thing about the story was that it did not blatanly exploit any notions of time-travel, resurrection etc that are so often badly used.

It was about love and hate, fear and courage, laughter and crying, life and . And Harry Potter never end. Not unless you stop having those 7 books on that self...

Posted by Panos from Athend on July 23, 2007 03:49 AM


Posted by hermione from cambridge on July 23, 2007 03:51 AM

Wow...excellent book--still some pieces left unfinished but overall it was a very deep book.

My first reaction is that I hope JKR has a very strong influence on the screenplays for HBP and DH because if the movies come out half-baked or missing good details, it be terrible. These are the two movies that matter most. I actually hope they do a "Lord of the Rings" type of thing and have extended versions of both movies for the fans to purchase--a very smart advertising gimmick, as well.

Back to the book:

Harry was a horcrux but an accidental one. Something about the brittle soul of Voldemort except for a fragment when he got hit with the rebound AK after trying to read like that part of the soul merged with Harry because he was the only living person around.

That means that perhaps the scar itself wasn't the Horcrux, but that Harry himself was the Horcrux. So Voldemort, by using Harry's blood, then infused himself with the Lily protection and a part of his soul as well? Interesting.

Still debating whether or not the shriveled whimpering mutant baby in King's Cross is Voldemort when he goes unconsious or the fragment of Voldemort's soul that was destroyed as the Horcrux within Harry...Dave H. thinks it's the fragment...I do as well.

Who got the reprieve? I'm thinking it was Hagrid, but it could have been Draco? What are your thoughts?

Also, if Harry needed help in Malfoy Manor, why not summon Kreacher even if he feared a Eater was stationed with him?

Lots more to discuss...I thought the Snape/Lily love story was beautiful, and the thought of the doe being Snape's Patronus and his wish that Harry look into his eyes showed that Snape's love for Lily was so strong that he d undercover to protect her son even if he did not like Harry.

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 23, 2007 03:59 AM

I loved the book. Thought it was a fantastic, action packed way to end. But I would have liked to find out what Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny work at, and what happend to Hogwarts and the Ministry. I think that Fred, Lupin and Tonks' s were a bit unnecessary (or at least could have had more detail). We also don't find out where Ted Lupin lives. Still a great, great, great story.

Posted by Rowan Lacey from Dublin, Ireland on July 23, 2007 04:10 AM

This book was like so awesome. Umm... Im
sorry about Dobby. and why did rowling make Fred ? She should have made Bill and Ron leave Hermione to marry Fleur. Then Hermione would have gone off and could have married Malfoy and Harry would have been with Ginny. But still in the book...
Is Victoire Bill and Fleurs daughter because the name sounds french and also she is Lily, rose's, albuses, james, and hugos cousin...
Also isnt weird how Harrys parents d on Halloween?
Also something wierd was that Lily was older than james it said so on the tombstone.

Posted by dobby from charlotte, NC on July 23, 2007 04:14 AM

I love that JKR did not answer every question. The greatest compliment I/We can pay her, and maybe a gift she has given us, is that I am going to sit down, poor writer as I am, and attempt to write my own "endings" or what happened in the 19 year gap. Brilliant!

Posted by tony from manchester, NH on July 23, 2007 04:16 AM

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