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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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Oh yeah, and something I forgot to add -- perhaps it was actually KINDER of J.K. to end Snape so quickly, because if you think about it, he lived through years of a slow torture of loving and losing Lily, in love (and being constantly reminded of his loss by seeing most of James in Harry Potter, but with Lily's intense eyes) and in ....

And now I think about it, I suppose his was honorable, which I originally said wasn't, because the very person who he needs to discover the truth, does! Snape doesn't NEED everyone else in the wizarding world to see him and then see his memories and realize that he was a wonderful and brave man, because it really is only important that HARRY knew the truth.

I suppose I'm writing this for my own well-being as much as to console anyone suffering Severus Snape's ...

Posted by Katie T from California on July 23, 2007 11:20 AM

i think J.K left a few unanswered questions on purpose in the 19 years later chapter because she said she is going to write another book (encyclopedia) on the characters. The questions i want to get answered are:
Who is the headmaster? What is harry's job? Who is minister of magic? (kingsley was the temporary) What happened with the Dursleys? What happened to the lovegoods, the other weasleys? Did harry give James or Albus the cloak? What about bill and fleur? and many more i just need to think even more,

For some reason i still can't believe that the books are gone. I feel like a part within me has d but i hope J.K writes a new series about something else, if she doesn't want to write about Harry Potter anymore, after all J.K can't retire at 41, that just means she has gotten way too much time on her hands now for a long time. I don't care if J.K writes a book every 3 or 4 years instead of a year i still want to be able to read great books so hopefully she . I think the magic of Harry Potter force her.

I believe that the 7th book was the greatest book so far however, it's not a book that would be good to re-read. The 7th book was somehow just facts put together with alot of action and that's waht made the book the best 1-time read however if you wanted to read it again, u would certainly wanna skip the facts and get to the action scenes however because J.K is such a great author she has mixed the action scene's and facts together. Plus i don't feel like i want to read the other books because there isn't any more books to anticipate.

I think that that's it for now.

Thanks everyone for posting here and i make sure to read all comments because it really helps ease the pain of no more harry potter.

Posted by Harsh from Ontario on July 23, 2007 11:24 AM

The one question I did not see any reference to is the Veil. Did JKR explain that anywhere?

Posted by Karolyn Stone from Columbia, SC on July 23, 2007 11:25 AM

To Cecil from Tacoma

The flaw that i see here is that even Harry says that the absence of the security guard was odd. and it being THE governing building of Magic, it would be going a bit far to think that there would be absolutely nobody in there wouldnt it? i mean they all got there very quickly didnt they?

Posted by jeremy on July 23, 2007 11:25 AM

To Emily from Chicago,
Voldemort was sure, in all his ignorance and arrogance, that he alone knew about the Room of Requirement. That's why he left the tiara there; he never imagined someone other than him would even enter the room.

Posted by Ariadna from Mexico on July 23, 2007 11:28 AM

A reader's companion book! That's a great idea, Ken, I do hope JKR do that...

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on July 23, 2007 11:33 AM

GRRRR Sea from maryland you beat me to it! but cheers because i think we both realized no one got that. Lke Sea said, he went to see her off. But i know everyone is wondering about Luna! And i might be wrong but when they are in the room of requierement.

"Come on, Luna," Dean called as he passed, holding out his free hand; she took it and followed him back up the stairs.

i think thats something! i mean the time they spent at the shell cottage? i mean thats got to be something! so i think luna ended up with him.

Posted by Maria Evans from Queens New York on July 23, 2007 11:34 AM

What I'm curious to know, is why the Elder Wand wasn't destroyed after Harry regained his own wand? It sounds as if it's an opening for another story, as well as the Resurrection Stone being left on the ground, sounds more like a Golem/Ring situation, and it's not like people don't travel the Forbidden Forest. I believe J.K. left this as an oppurtunity to write another book, if ever she wishes too, couldn't be that hard with what she has left over.
And just for speculation God knows who could be summoned with the Resurrection Stone, maybe a shadow form of Voldemort himself. Interesting, she really left the door open.
She may be already writing or has been writing another series, however, she just hasn't told anyway. Barnes and Nobles won't be too happy to hear she's not writing anymore as well, they'll persuade her somehow, I bet.

Posted by Edward Solomon from Ronkonkoma, NY on July 23, 2007 11:39 AM

Wait, so what were Lily and James' jobs? Wasn't that supposed to be significant? Did I miss something?

Posted by Leah from NYC on July 23, 2007 11:43 AM

Hm, the question is still popped up, it's TED TONKS that does magic late in life! He used to be a muggle, remember? But he heals Harry! when he flies in with Hagrid at the beginning.

Furthermore, harry and tom both descending from the Peverells does not mean that they both descent from Slytherin (Slytherin might be another branch of Voldy's family). Them being related is not so surprising, most of the wizard families are it seems.

Well, much more to say of course.

Posted by Flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 23, 2007 11:44 AM

I just finished it. WOW... my God. What an unbelievable ending - I could not, absolutely not, put down the book, particularly during the final battle scene.

I am sad, though. Sad to think that this is it, Harry won't have any more adventures to share with us. As a young girl I saw on TV said "It's like the end of our own youth. For 10 years we grew up with Harry." I feel like shedding some tears. There is a strange grief overcoming me.

Other comments: although a PERFECT book, I am angry that Dobby and both Remus and Tonks d. Fred... why why why. But I guess a stirring feeling inside of me that I cannot understand is the disappointment I feel at Dumbledore. The fact that he seemed so honorable, so good, such integrity, at Harry's level... and yet so damned flawed. I had always wondered about his past, what his life was like, but now I wish we had never been told. He was taken of a very tall pedestal in my eyes. But I suppose it was necessary to show he wasn't holier-than-thou.

I was sure that Harry would have more communications with his deceased loved ones than the brief glimpse we got in the Forest. I guess I'm a mush-pot and perhaps that's my own personal internal desire.

I'm happy Harry and Ginny gave those names to their children. I think one of our commentators here is right, we need to read back on other books to figure out why Rose and Hugo for Ron & Hermione's kids. There must be a meaning somewhere. What a name Draco gave his kid! Geez!

I was so sure that it would be Harry who would end up either teaching DADA at Hogwarts or eventually end up as headmaster. Or does he end up as an Auror? That piece of trivia, as well as whatever happened to McGonogal and other Hogwarts teachers would've been a nice addition.

Tonight I start re-reading it again. Next week I receive the audiobook - I have come to adore Jim Dale's narration and perfect personification of all the characters. It make me revisit the story in an entirely new light....... I guess I just don't want it to end. Sniff.

Posted by Cristina from Miami Beach Florida on July 23, 2007 11:46 AM


hermione did say she made her parents want to move to austraila but she said she CONFUNDED them with the confundus charm. so it wasn't a memory charm. but i remember being stuck on that too!

Posted by bindy from cairo on July 23, 2007 11:47 AM

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