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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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I forget who it was, but someone said that Ted Tonks was a muggle, and he did magic later in life. This is not true. Andromeda was blasted off the family tree for marrying Ted, true, but he was a muggle born, not a muggle.

I agree with those who say it is Dudley. After JKR's emphisis on love being a magic that not everybody (Voldemort) is capable of, I think that she would have considered that rare magic for Dudley to learn to love Harry after so many years.

Posted by Luna from Florida on July 23, 2007 11:48 AM

Firstly I�d just like to say what a great website this is. It�s got something for everyone; from relative newcomers to the Harry Potter series, to experts who have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of all things HP (I think I�m somewhere in the middle). I�ve been reading a lot of the recent comments and as you might expect most people would understandably like the series to continue and for further areas to be explained and explored. But the great thing about this sort of story is that you can always come up with your own scenarios and with so many fan sites dedicated to HP, people be able submit their own theories and stories, discuss their views via forums - so the HP universe never truly s. For example, before HP and the ly Hallows was released, this site had the excellent idea of asking us to write our own version of the final page for book 7. Perhaps in the future, a similar concept could be to write an alternative ending. Knowing what we know now, the possibilities would be endless!

The impression I got from some of the comments on this site is that a lot of fans are feeling a little down or lost, now that they have read the final book, so I thought I'd try and cheer you up with some of my thoughts for the wizarding world.

I personally like to think that Harry become an international seeker and this his clashes with Viktor Krum become almost as legendary as his battles with Voldemort. I can just imagine Ron cheering for Harry in the stands (and when Hermione wasn�t looking attempting to send a couple of jinxes in Krum�s direction).

Hermione probably work from home, proof reading textbooks and advising the Ministry on various statutes, whilst in her spare time running various charitable and voluntary organisations aimed at improving the rights and lives of house-elves and goblins alike. Ron manage the Chudley Cannons for a spell (Pardon the pun) and later becomes a world renowned Quidditch pundit. He also release a hit cover of �Weasley is our King� with the Weird Sisters, which become the anthem for Harry and the English Quidditch team, when competing in the Quidditch World Cup.

Ginny have a brief career as the personal bodyguard of the Minister for Magic, but finds this far too dull and so takes up the position of Head of Security for the joke product empire �Weasley Inc.�, whose company motto is Fun, Reliable, Enduring, Daring (FRED). Lee Jordan incidentally is Head of Advertising for Weasley Inc. though his ideas for offering low risk magical products to the Muggle market have been met with resistance from many, notably Arthur Weasley.

Mr Weasley is the man widely tipped to become the next Minister for Magic, when Kingsley Shacklebolt steps down to take over as the new Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (following Minerva McGonagall�s recently announced retirement).

George Weasley is now a well known philanthropist and donates large sums of money to a number of organisations, including Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Malas and Injuries. Being one of the original founders of Weasley�s Wizard Wheezes (or WWW) George is later approached by Arthur Weasley, who asks if he would consider changing the name of the company. Apparently the Muggle Prime Minister had contacted Mr Weasley at the Ministry and mentioned that some of the Muggles used the acronym WWW for a little known thing called the �Tinternet� and that the constant use of the term �WWW� in the wizarding world was causing havoc on their poor computer things (mouses and he-mails or something). Knowing that his father had always been most sympathetic to the odd ways of the Muggles, George kindly agreed and renamed the company �Weasley Incorporated�.

Seriously though, it would be practically impossible for J.K. to please absolutely everyone, with regards to tying up every single loose end, explaining what happens to each and every one of the characters, Hogwarts and the wizarding world in general. I think that if we knew all of the answers, HP might lose a bit of its �magic� (Again pardon the pun) and we�d have far less to talk about; because to me, not knowing everything is part of the attraction.

P.S. I expect that most people have read or be aware of these, but there are also a couple of short books which JK wrote for Comic Relief � �Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them� and �Quidditch Through the Ages�. Both of these are light-hearted and fun to read; Fantastic Beasts is supposedly the copy of the book Harry owns and includes a few comments scribbled in it by himself and Ron (And also Hermione if I remember correctly) and I think Quidditch Through the Ages is supposed to be the copy of the book held in the library at Hogwarts.

P.P.S. To the �Beyond Hogwarts� team, keep up the great work!

Posted by DAMIEN from PLYMOUTH, UK on July 23, 2007 11:50 AM

The squib that does magic in this book is not Ted Tonks. In chapter one of the ly Hallows Lestrange calls him a mudblood, which implies that he has been doing magic for quite a while. If she would have called him a squib....

Posted by chris from Walla Walla on July 23, 2007 11:54 AM

I hope that jkr writes more and more books!

and i think that it would be nice to see the whole story as Dumbledore!

harry ever again see Dumbledore and Snape? i think its very sad they never meet again!

harry and ron's kids play together? and be friends forever? and go to hogwarts and learn about Dumbledore and Snape and meet macgonnagal? i am almost crying!

Posted by Fabio Moreira from Guarda, Portugal on July 23, 2007 11:57 AM

Edward, why do you think the Elder wand should be destroyed after fixing Harrys wand? It's unbeatable, indestructible, its owner may be ed, but the wand itself cannot be destroyed as I understand it..

Also, to answer a few more questions...I think that the fact that Harry and Voldy are related is not such a big deal as someone (think it was Ron or Hagrid, maybe someone else) said that most of the pure-bloods (as in the Gaunts and the Potters in this scenario) were related in some distant way as there were so few of them, and also if they hadn't started going out with muggles, they would have d out.

Re: Harry's mother's protection of love, this ran out when he came of age, 17, which is why at the beginning of DH it was so important to capture him as he left the house,once he came of age, the family home could not protect him any more which is why the Dursleys had to be moved. But as we find out...Voldy could not have ed Harry anyway as he was a Horcrux.

Thanks to the extremely observant person who pointed out about Ted Tonks - this makes excellent sense and can't believe I missed it!

Posted by Andi from England on July 23, 2007 12:11 PM

One last thing i think i read a comment on how harry and ginny named their kids after wizards and witches who d battling and the commenter said no one named their kid after fred. But i think in one of the books it says fred's second name was HUGO so that might be someting. Oh and one more thing i think hermione named her daughter Rose because when they were at Godric's hollow she made a rose from her wand to put at harry's parents grave. Its a thought and i think i was the first to write the luna thing, anyone agree or disagree with me?

Posted by Maria Evans from Queens New York on July 23, 2007 12:12 PM

Hmmm....OK I re-read the chapter re: Ted Tonks and a couple of people are correct, Ted Tonks was not a Dudley did magic, as suggested? It would certainly be in keeping with the book.

Posted by Andi from England on July 23, 2007 12:14 PM

TO FABIO: harry's and ron's kids are COUSINS, because ginny and ron are related.

and the victoire or whoever they talk about "snogging" teddy lupin is probably bill and fleur's kid cause that name sounds french.

Posted by brianna from fairfax on July 23, 2007 12:17 PM least we still got the movies to look forward to...i wonder how the end battle look like in the movie...but i'm dreading to see the part where fred (or was it george? i'm getting confused now) s

Posted by tiny from london, england on July 23, 2007 12:18 PM

i was devestated by lupin and tonnks the thought of history repeating itself as the final marauderer d trying to save harry but leaving his son little teddy lupin behind i thought it was brilliant that jk left him happy though his son grown up with harry and ginny looking out for him by the who was victoire bills daughter?

Posted by shelley on July 23, 2007 12:21 PM

this was the first book i actually cried in out of the hp series. when dobby d, i started welling up, then when fred d, a few tears spilled, but when i found out that both lupin and tonks were , i started bawling! but this was the perfect way to end a perfect series.

i feel so depressed now that it's all gone!

Posted by Liz from Idaho on July 23, 2007 12:24 PM

Wow� I want to say, awesome book. Although I agree, that it definitely felt rushed towards the second half, it was evident, that JK didn�t want to have to write another book. Many people have said that they dislike the ending, but, I thought that it was appropriate. It did its job after all, which was to let us know that �all is well.�
I am excited for the encyclopedia, for I feel it include some more information as to what the characters did after the battle.

Now, I would just like to share my opinions on some of the highly debated matters.

1. Kings Cross Station and Dumbledore. This seemingly out of body experience where Harry finds himself at Kings Cross (Matrix anyone?) seems quite literal to me. He is placed at a crossroad of choices. The choice: to either return to the living world, or to continue on to the next life. I commend Jo for using on of the most literal translations of a crossroad: a train station. The appearance of Dumbledore reminds of the book �The Five People You Meet in Heaven.� The main character s and goes to heaven. But the heaven he goes to, is not the giant congregation of people what one might expect to be a Christians interpretation of heaven. But rather a heaven for the person to whom it belongs, with the ability to be anything, or to show the owner anybody from any time in their life. Thus I feel that, no, Dumbledore did not come back to life. He was part of Harry�s limbo, purgatory, heaven, (whatever you want to call it) because that is who Harry needed to see. That�s why when Harry wished for clothes, he got them.

2. I agree with people that the hate and abuse towards the muggle-borns and muggles reminded me of the Nazi party during WWII. What really hit me the hardest about that, was the warped logic that the wizards in the ministry displayed (like, how muggle-borns must have stolen magic from real wizards.) Sounds like Nazi-propaganda.

3. Some people are angry that when Voldermort and Harry attacked each other, Harry once again used his disarming jinx instead of AK, the ing curse. I feel that if Harry had used AK, it would have defeated the entire point that Love, destroy all evils. It had to be finished by a loophole. Even Snape had always said that Potter was mediocre to the end. Harry was a horrible wizard at school compared to Tom Riddle or Albus Dumbledore. In a straight up fight he probably would have been ed. So the fight had to end the way it ended.

4. People who are confused about why Teddy is going back to Hogwarts if he�s 19. He�s not. He was only seeing Victoire off... He wasn't actually going to Hogwarts...
"-and he said he'd come to see her off! And then he told me to go away. He's snogging her!" (ly Hallows, US, pg. 756)

5. The only jobs Harry could be good at would be: Headmaster of Hogwarts, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professional Quiddich Seeker, Auror, and Unemployed (he does have a lot of gold.) We know he�s not headmaster or teacher. There�s probably no need for aurors now that Voldermort is . He�s too old to be a seeker. I think he�s living off his parents gold.

Posted by Christian from San Ramon, California on July 23, 2007 12:26 PM

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