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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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if jk rowling was to write a new series of books, what would it be about and who would it be about? possibly harry, ron and hermiones children

Posted by tiny from london, england on July 23, 2007 08:44 AM

For one thing, Harry & Ginny named their youngest son, ALBUS SEVERUS POTTER. If you can imagine it, Snape in Harry's hands after Voldemort was through with him signified the turning point for Harry to believe that Snape was protecting him all along. Well, the Prince's tale tied every loop and hole from Books 1 to 7. Now 19 years later after Riddle's , Harry and Ginny named their son after Snape as a symbol of great gratitude, respect and forgiveness for the man who had sacrificed his life for him in the end. Harry wanted to remember Snape forever and as a tribute for him, named one his sons after him.


Once again, JK Rowling, your the BEST AUTHOR in the universe.

Posted by Josh from Cebu, Philippines on July 23, 2007 08:47 AM

1. I don't know if you all thought this book was a "great" as we all thought it would be. For me it was a disapointment and really don't know why. Maybe it was the fact that I read it over a 24 hour period, and I had never read a book that fast before, but I think the real reasons are below.

a. First of all in all of the other HP books, at certain times of great writing, when the characters truely does selfless deeds I would feel it right here (points at chest). I felt that way no fewer then 3 times in HP6 and only once in HP7 (when Mrs. Weasley jumps into the fight with LeStrange).

b. The ending of the book (19 yars later) did absolutely nothing for me.

c. There were still so many questions that so many people wanted answered left alone. Granted, they had little to do with the story line, but still, they were just forgotten about.

d. I can understand why the Dursley's left the way they did, but I guess I wanted more "closure" from them. I wanted the aunt to tell Harry something. The way it ended with them, you still have the feeling that they felt "put-apon" for having to put up with him. I guess Dudley shaking his hand as he leaves is a nice gesture, but I wanted something from Petunia or Vernon.

d. The book seemed to be written in a different fashion than HP6. I don't know why I flet this way, but it just had a totally different "flavor" to it than the other did.

e. I thought the immediate change of path of Kreature was a little to weird. Here he is hating his new "master" and it took just a little kindness from Harry and Kreature was better than Dobby. Sorry, a little too cheezy for me.

f. Some things just seemed to "drag on". Like the while camping out thing. Then other things could have explained with more detail. I can't think of any right now, but I do remember, while reading the book, that I wished Jo would have gone deeper into that storyline or saying I wish Jo would have streamlined that storyline.

g. I wanted closure with Umbridge. Is the nasty woman still at the ministry 19 years later? If Jo never writes another HP book, these are they types of questions that I think the HP fans wanted answered.

Now for the good things:
A. The ending of the book had a nice twist. I like the way Harry had to explain to Tom about the wands. I just felt that it was a very nice twist, the fact that Tom couldn't seem to understand what the heck was going on.

B. The way that Harry was calling him Tom and Tom Riddle. It really rattled Tom to have someone call him this.

C. The way Mrs. Weasley took control of the battle that the girls were having with Lestrange. I just loved the way she came in yelling at her (I just got goose bumps thinking about it). By the way, this was the only part of the book that I felt it right here (points at chest).

Well in my opinion it is toward the bottom of the HP pile of books. I felt HP3, 4, 5 & 6 were great and better than this book. But, you can't discount the fact that it was a great "talking fight" between Harry and Tom at the end.

Just my opinion.

Posted by Chris from Walla Walla on July 23, 2007 08:59 AM

What a ride!

My daughter, age 14 (yeah, I'm an old geezer but still a strong fan), has issued a " threat" against JKR for ing off Hedwig. It seemed like such a waste. Also Dobby, Mad-Eye, Fred, Tonks. Lupin was expected: in the classic "Magnificent Seven," Robert Vaughan's character is of tuberculosis. It is almost a blessing for him to buy it. Lupin's lycanthropy is not a perfect analogy, but it woukld also always be a burden. It is gratifying that he and Tonks were able to have a bit of happiness, and leave a legacy to the wizarding world, Teddy. By the way, and this is purely a guess, Victoire (French name), his love interest, may be Bill and Fleur's daughter, hence the observation that if they get married, Teddy be truly part of the family.

Other thoughts: There is a 19 year lapse, is Teddy out of school, or getting set to go back for a last term (I may need to re-read that part)? It would be reasonable that the school would be closed for a year or so to rebuild (although magic would probably speed that up) and reorganize, along with the Ministry.

Kingsley would be a pretty fair interim Minister, although I haven't given up hope that Arthur Weasley may yet get the job. In OotP, Ron makes a comment that the Gryffindor quidditch team has as much chance of winning as his dad does of becoming Minster of Magic. Of course, they win the game, and the cup, so...? There is a hint of this in the epilogue when marriage to someone not a pureblood is desired by Arthur. By this time, Arthur may have enough stroke with the Ministry (as Minister?) to get away with such pronouncements.

I imagine McGonagall takes over as headmistress of Hogwarts for the time being.

Finally, and I'm reaching here, the person who does magic late in life, could be construed to be Dudley. When he leaves Privet Drive, he shows some degree of affection for Harry. This is the great magic which has been a theme for most of the books. As I said, I'm reaching, but it's something to think about.

Thanks to JK for the story, and thanks to the webmaster for a terrific site!

Posted by et from the wild west on July 23, 2007 09:01 AM

I too enjoyed the book. The I cried when Hedwig d, I swore many times at J.K. when Fred d I was heart sick when Dobby was ed. And the scene where he digs Dobby's grave not w/magic but w/his grief and his sorrow. The writing really made me feel the beginning of the transformation of Harry.
I did get the symbolism of Harry being stripped of so much. It was in a way a cleansing, Harry was being prepared for what he had to do in the forest. Harry had to accept his w/no regrets for doing so, he had to. Harry was purified so he was worthy to be the Master of . The protector of the wizarding world, and in extension the muggle world. It was vital to his understanding, of the power to vanquish Voldemort.
I did not understand why J.K. thought it was needed for Ron and Hermione never to learn to trust in Harry's instincts. Nor to trust in him when he would tell about them about an experience he had that they had never heard of. When he explained what had happened w/his wand attacking Voldemort on its own, they completely refused to believe him or in the possibility of it happening. When told him that his instincts were telling him to go Hogwarts because he knew that there was a horcrux there they dismissed him.
I loved the fact that Neville was turned into a hero that all the other witches and wizard admired for his bravery at the end.

I did not understand nor like the amount of s that occurred, but it did, I must admit make for a very, very compelling read.

I did not like the epilogue to the book, it left too much out, but it gives me great hope that more be written.

Posted by Rose from Oak Lawn, Ill on July 23, 2007 09:05 AM

As good as the book was... I hate abrupt endings. That I was very disappointed in.
As much as Dudley's departing was touching, I wish there was a nice reunion at the end, or even a mention of them in the Epilogue. Wouldn't be ironic if one of Dudley's children went to Hogwart's?
Regarding why Harry might not have raised Teddy: Harry was only 17 when Lupin & Tonks d. He might have not been of age to raise a child when he was just barely out of childhood himself.

Posted by Melissa on July 23, 2007 09:11 AM

Excellent! She is such an excellent writer. I loved it. Of course I hated losing some of my favorites and being the girl that I am I must have cried at least four times during the book but the outcome was worth it. I'm hoping the 50 unnamed characters that d were all eaters. I got a laugh out of the potterwatch part so much like the pottercast I'd been listening to online. Was surprised to see Draco come around at the end. No way he could have missed identifying Harry, Ron and Hermoine even if they had the bat boogey jinx on their faces. That was actually very good as far as Draco goes. Narcissa I knew was wavering but it wouldn't have bothered me a bit if Lucius had bit the dust. I figured Snape was going to get ed in the last book but was hoping he and Harry would have reconciled their differences. I didn't like the way he d, I mean - please, he could heal wounds and if nagini was poisionous (and I'm sure she was) and Snape (an expert potions master) didn't have a bezoar in his pocket? Poor Snape Harry's eyes must have been a constant reminder to him of his love for Lily. I loved the wedding part and meeting Ron's aunt Muriel, she was good for a laugh and so was Luna and her father. I would have liked to have seen more of Viktor Krum. I laughed when Harry told him Ginny had a boyfriend and he was big. I kinda thought that the person who would show the extrodinary magic in time of greatest need would be Neville and he certainly did when he pulled that sword out of the hat and ed nagini. Kingsley Shacklebolt was a really good pick to end up as minister but I wonder what happened to Fudge? I would have liked to have known what happened to the Hagrid and the rest of the teachers at the end as well as the Dursleys. All in all, another excellent book for JK.

Thank you so much David for this wonderful site. It's kept us all going and I for one very much appreciate it!

I think Luna Lovegood and her father would make excellent spin-offs. It would be hilarious to read about them tracking down proof of rumors about something or other for the Quibbler.

Posted by Reg from Houston on July 23, 2007 09:11 AM

first of all i stayed up since i got the book at 12:01 and finished it at 12:00 am the next morning. so beat that. i know the american cover was the hogwarts great hall and the people watching this is when voldemort lost the elder wand. see his hand trying to grab it and then he d. the epilogue was great but had people missing. i knew snape was good and in love with lilly. i hope jk comes out with an encyclopedia.

Posted by lorraine from dayton ohio on July 23, 2007 09:32 AM

It seemed strange to me after all this time even though Snape turned out to have done wonderful things, Harry loved Sirius for much longer. Why were none of his children named after Sirius? Maybe his son James's middle name was Sirius, but I didn't read that anywhere....

Posted by KC from AZ on July 23, 2007 09:43 AM

But where can you find the answer to the question about how Lily and James thrice defied Voldemort?

Posted by Dark Lord on July 23, 2007 09:54 AM

Well, as many or most of you, I really liked the book, stood until later than 4am on sunday to finish it. Also stayed in line out of the local bookstore until 1:55 am to get it. The way JK did the whole book was brilliant, but not flawless, as many of you have appointed. But who can get everything perfect?
As myself, I have some questions and some theories about answers to questions here. Not saying I'm right though, but here are my comments:
1. I think that the squib that ended up doing magic was Ariana. JK got us to think that she was a squib, even though she wasnt, but does that count?

2. I like in the epilogue what Harry tells his son about Snape, but if Snape's picture is not in the Headmaster's office hanging beside Dumbledore, there is a big gap there, right?

3. I read that somebody asked what was that crying while Dumbledore talked with Harry in King's Cross. I believe that would be the part of soul that belonged to Voldemort. Harry came back, but the "creature" didnt. That is why he wasnt a Horcrux anymore.

4. Question... Are Aurors needed after Voldemort's ?

5. I think that the question of what is Harry doing to work does not need to be answer. His parents left a good deal of gold, didn't they? So Harry could actually be vacationing in Hawaii, as far as I am concerned, he does not need to work.

4. Another question... Does the new DADA teacher would be able to stay longer than a year or that positiion is still jinxed? Since Voldemort is and all...

5. I read an interesting question that did not have answer in another comment... Since 19 years passed since the battle, wouldnt Teddy be 19 already? Is he still stu at Hogwarts? On the other hand, I know people that stayed at High School until they were almost 20..

6. Somebody mentioned that since Hagrid was carrying Harry's body, and crying for his , Harry should be wet with his tears... Does it really matter? I mean, wet or dry he could have faced Voldemort, right?

Well, that is all I have for now. I enjoyed the book very much and hope that this is not the end, at least for JK's writing.

Posted by Luis from Olney, MD on July 23, 2007 09:58 AM

Jeremy, the ministry was empty during the final fight of OoP because those events happened in the middle of the night, and there are no night shifts at the ministry. Remember when Arthur Weasley was injured by the snake, he was guarding the prophecy during the night and obviously was the only one there.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma, WA on July 23, 2007 10:08 AM

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