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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 25)

Great book, love this site. just not enough ginny though

Posted by Ginny from London on July 23, 2007 12:30 PM

It isn't possible the US cover shows us something what happens near the end of the book, because Harry wears the locket.

Posted by Anonymous on July 23, 2007 12:32 PM

No, it's at the end, and the picture is correct. Harry's not wearing a locket, he's wearing the moleskin pouch that Hagrid gave him and that he's been hiding his valuables in all book long...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 23, 2007 12:33 PM

Very good. So sad, and a little scary. Still, some plot holes: How could Draco have disarmed and "defeated" Dumbledore if he had the unbeatable Elder Wand? The same can be asked for how Grindelwald lost to Dumby. It doesn't make sense. Also, Moody saw through the cloak in book 4, although the cloak is supposed to be perfect and impossible to penetrate.

Third, it's not really a plot hole, but something I don't understand, and is bothering me a lot. At the end, Harry tells Voldemort that his spells weren't "binding" to the students because Harry d for them. So, since Lily did the same for Harry, does this mean during the whole series, Voldermort could never have ed Harry since he had magical protection?
And why Fred? WHY?! Fred... NO!

Posted by LunaLongbottom from ohio on July 23, 2007 12:34 PM

Fabio Moreira:
Professor McGonagall is probably or in an old condition...she was already old when harry was there...she probably is ...
sometimes i wish she would write a series about harry's children...maybe it would be cool if one of harry's friends from school (someone who wasn't as important to the harry potter story) became evil like the Dark Lord and their Teddy Tonk would have to fight him like harry because he had no parents like harry...the story goes on and on...

Posted by Princess John Jaker Jingle-Heimer Smithess from Deathly Hallows on July 23, 2007 12:36 PM

"I found the chapter 'Godric's Hollow' a little confusing, also, was there a specific reason Ron wasnt there?"

I think Ron wasn't there for a was the first time Harry had ever visited his parents graves. Hermione was there to support him and hug him and hold his hand. He needed her there with him, I think Ron was specifically left out of this as he is known as the "joker" and it was kinda nice for Harry and Hermione to have some alone time and for her to show him how much she cared.

Posted by Emily from UK on July 23, 2007 12:38 PM

I liked the 7th book very much. I was anxious throughout and couldn't put it down. I was prepared for Harry to and thought JKR set it up beautifully as it being his choice - yet another time Harry makes choices for good. I was relieved when he didn't need to . That being said, I was disappointed with the epilogue. Hasn't JKR said that questions would be answered and there'd be no need for another book? Well, I still have questions and am not alone. What about Luna, for one? Who is the head of Hogwarts? Will Draco ever pay back his life- to Harry and Ron (actually saving him TWICE), and if so, in what circumstance? What did Aunt Petunia want to say to Harry as she went out the door that night? That she knew Snape? What would that have mattered at that point? Why introduce it? These are the things that I would like to know. How about another book, Jo? I'll buy one!

Posted by Mary from Cincinnati, Ohio on July 23, 2007 12:50 PM

The firemen's lift (Frutti from Singapore) is not a lift in the sense that it goes up and down carrying people, but a firemen's lift is just a way of carrying someone. Namely carrying someone over the shoulder, feet in one direction, head in the other. Kind of the way that parents drag their children up the stairs if they don't want to go to bed. And of course how firemen carry people out of buildings, because it leaves a hand free to grab the ladder.

Just realized that all the good DADA teachers are . Quirrel, who was reasonable, s in his teaching year. Lockhart, a lousy teacher, still in St. Mungo's with brain damage I suppose. Lupin, . Mad Eye (though never really having thaught, d (imposter presumably also ). Umbridge, never a good teacher, unfortunately still alive. Snape, also a first class teacher (even if he had been evil), . And I presume that the teacher in the 7th book has been lousy (although being a eater, he must know his stuff) he might be as well though.

Hm, yes, the glitch I found. Hermione has modified her parents memory so they move to Australia and don't remember her etc. And yet she says she has never done a memory charm before when she has to do those two Eathers in the cafe. Or are those different kinds of memory modifying each requiring a somewhat different kind of magic? I now see somebody else mentioned as well. On the answer by bindy from cairo, on page 84 it is clearly stated that she modified (not confunded) her parents memory.

Hm, on someone answered my post on Ted Tonks being a muggle. The bad thing is I am currently in Germany on internship and didn't bring my OotP (my housemate has it in German and that is not very clear to me, and indeed that could be translated as muggle descendend) But I took it from the info on this site (somewhere else) and there it clearly stated muggle. Hence my confusion.

Posted by Flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 23, 2007 12:53 PM

Mary, Lupin had to because he was the only father figure that Harry had left, his dad had gone and so had Sirius.

I think that it would have been good if J.K Rowling had written a longer last chapter and clarified what happened to some of the other main characters like Hagrid and McGonagall.

I think that J.K Rowling was very clever when deciding on names for the children of the main characters. Ron and Hermione's children were called Rose and Hugh so share the initial letter of their parents names (R and H). With Harry and Ginny's children I think that it was clever how she named them Lily and James after Harry's parents (the Potter's live on) and then Albus Severus Potter - she is combining the two most important adults that helped Harry to eventually defeat Voldemort. I just thought that this was really clever.

Some rumours say that J.K is going to write another book, still related but maybe about a different character (e.g. Harry and Ginny's children (Albus, Lily and James). I'm not entirely sure though but I really hope she does or writes another similar series. I'm sure the books be read and remembered for years and years to come!

Posted by Helene from Newcastle on July 23, 2007 12:58 PM

Who was Snape's source of info from the first chapter? Dumbledore's picture? Was somebody in the Order also consulting with a painting of the old guy? Maybe i just missed something in my frezied first read of the book -besides sleep, food, and the passage of time!

Also, and maybe it's been covered, but is there a difference between magical paintings and magical pictures? They both move, but the paintings seem a lot like the ghosts -imprints of their former selves, thinking and talking- but pictures seem to be a snapshot of how the subject felt at the time, and unable to learn and communicate.

Anyway, LOVED THE BOOK. Epic, epic, epic! Skip the sixth movie, i want the 7th!

Posted by Brett from BC, Canada on July 23, 2007 1:02 PM

Luna from Florida:
you're right, Ted Tonks was muggleborn, said in OotP somewhere. But this does contradict the familiy tree drawn by Rowling. Well, lets stick to the book and say I'm wrong, sorry for posting inaccuracies guys. Well, now I get curious as well, since I missed the person myself.

Posted by Flavius from Delft, Netherlands on July 23, 2007 1:02 PM

The cover of the book is definatly the instant that Voldermort's wand is flying through the air. The book says,

"And Harry, with the unerring s of a Seeker, caught the wand in his free hand...(pg. 744)"

And you can see Harry reaching out for something casually.

Also on the cover, you can see that Harry and Voldemort are surrounded by a group of people,

"Hundreds of people now lined the walls, watching the two fights...(pg. 736)"

Along with the fact that the ceiling is showing that it is dawn outside,

"A red-gold glow burst suddenly across the enchanted sky adobve them as an edge of dazzling sun appeared over the sill of the nearest window (pg. 743)"

So until the last few pages of the book, I had no idea what the cover meant, but I would have to say that they chose the perfect moment.

P.S. 'Beyond Hogwarts' Team, keep up the awesome work!

Posted by Madison Thorn from St. Louis, Missouri on July 23, 2007 1:06 PM

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