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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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Ahem. A moment of reflection please for Colin Creevey?

Thank you.

Posted by anita from chicago, il on July 23, 2007 2:01 PM

after reading ly hallows for the second time i realised something odd about Harry's and Voldemort's ancestors. if they are both decendants of one of the Peverell brothers where does Salazar Slytherin fit into Voldemorts Ancestry seeing as he lived before the perverell brothers. wouldn't that make Harry a decendant of Salazar Slytherin as well because Slytherin would have to be an ancestor of the Peverells for Voldemort to be an ancestor of both

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 23, 2007 2:02 PM

To Constantine,

I think you're right. Harry (the last horcrux) must be ed first, otherwise it is pointless to ed Voldy, because Voldy still be alived. And the only one to be able to ed harry, but only ing the horcrux in Harry be Voldy.

Posted by BC from Plano, TX on July 23, 2007 2:02 PM

even though dumbledore is he still had a big part in the book. but what was up with all the cursing!? i dont know what she was thinking but... i still cant believe that it is officially over... that was really her best book ever! i went to the midnight party and it was madness i tell you!

Posted by chris kane on July 23, 2007 2:03 PM

Just finished reading DH and a lot of the comments on this site...

I must say, I loved diving into this world of magic, reading for 10 hours straight isn't something you do for just every book.

As a (Dutch) fantasywriter myself, I tend to read books from the perpective of how is it done, how is all this information transferred to the reader and I think it is a great compliment that a lot of the theories posted here in the last few years turned out to be correct, without the clues being so obvious that reading the book itself was pointless. Very well done. Of course, one can always find faults and mishaps and especially things not to like, (because tastes differ...) but all in all I think Jo Rowling has done a great job. She deserves all the compliments and fans she's got.

Will she write more? I don't know, If she never works a day in her life anymore, she'll still be rich beyond the comprehension of most of us, but I do know that if you write like this, it be hard not to work ever again... because writing is such a passionate job. Just imagine, for a moment, the richness of having a mind capable of inventing a world like this, expanding it like an oilpatch (sorry, dutch expression)- I can tell you, it's wonderfull to write!
So I would think she come up with something. In a few years time. Maybe something completely different.

As for the epilogue: well, yeah, it is crowd-pleasing and a bit too sweet for my taste, but I think it makes a lot of people happy. What they do, as jobs - I think it's a nice touch she leaves that to our imagination...
Oh, and (don't know if someone suggested that already - suppose so, actually) but this Victoire must be the daughter of Bill en Fleur, "french" name, family?

and now I have to catch some sleep I missed out on...

Posted by Eri from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on July 23, 2007 2:06 PM

Thank you all for this loving saga! I enjoyed reading articles here as much I did the books themselves. And in a way we all influenced her (JKR) writing. All credits to her for coming up with new stuff (not much!) despite all the guesses from pretty serious HP fanatics.

and yeah, I still can't see how Neville got the sword from the hat! and Molly fighting Bellatrix at the end was a bit ludicrous.

Posted by Balaji from Los Angeles, CA on July 23, 2007 2:14 PM

to all the people saying that Wandlore should have brought up in the previous:

i think it wasn't brought up because it wasn't of importance during those books. for example in HBP it is about finding horcruxes. however it then becomes important because they realise that Voldemort is after the elder wand (even dumbledore never knew that) which then Harry needs to know and is an extra bit of his "Quest" that he needs to find out by himself.

also Mr Ollivander said that Wandlore was extremely complicated which probably means it would be difficult for the students at hogwarts to learn

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 23, 2007 2:19 PM

"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."

hmmm... well dumbledore didn't really try, so that's probably why he was disarmed. the cloak i'm not sure about i'll have to check. as far as lily protecting harry, we know voldermort finally could touch harry after book 4, but could he ever have AKd Harry? uh.. not sure.

Posted by Jimmy from liverpool on July 23, 2007 2:30 PM

I don't think Rowling changed her book to please the crowds. She gave us enough information to figure it all out.

Snape being good, should never have really been in question. Dumbledore would never HAVE begged for his life. From there, there rest falls like dominoes. Even 7, when he 'punishes' Ginny/Luna/Neville to detention with Hagrid. No-one can believe for one second, that Snape doesn't know about the connection. He was in the Order...

2) Although i hadn't paid attention to the tiara, it was pretty easy to figure out, that Luna was going to be connected somehow to the Ravenclaw Horcrux.

3) Harry being a Horcrux, always a possibility, more sense that it was accidental, being Horcruxing explained as magic after the ; Voldemort was nothing after the .

Besides which, there were so many theories all through the net, some had to be 'spot' on.

As far as the Epilogue, Yeah, it was lacking. I personally think it'd be better to have the NEW and improved Percy be running the joke shop with George.

Posted by Scout on July 23, 2007 2:33 PM

i, for one,am very disappointed with the book. i feel like so many things remain unanswered. also, i couldn't believe that harry didn't stop, even for a minute, and say something after snape's , how he turned out a different person. i know, i know, he named his son after him,but still...i wasn't satisfied. snape could be the main hero of the book, and harry does not even take time to reflect and say thanks. i found some parts of the book boring and stretched. can't believe that tonks and lupin's wasn't described. some parts were longer than they should've been, and some shorter.
oh yeah....and what about harry/ginny relationship. sure it gave a few details, but come on...they could've at least talk in the end, and solve everything between them, not just-nineteen years later.
i expected more. i know it would've been a bible to write all these stuff, but it would be a proper ending...this way, i feel as though she wrote it just because she had to... my favourite remains HBP

Posted by Lastkiss on July 23, 2007 2:34 PM

I totally infected my daughter with the HPvirus. She is going to be 8 years young in october and she just started reading the Philosophers Stone today. I think Harry has fans and friends for many generations to come.

Posted by Anita from Oosterwolde, the Netherlands on July 23, 2007 2:36 PM

To answer megs, unless I missed something huge, there is only one ring....the horcrux ring WAS the same ring with the hallow on it.

I do kind of agree that, at times, it felt as though J.K. was rushing through it, but then, I wonder, do we only feel that way because we read it too fast?

I agree with the person who said that Alan Rickman is going to ROCK in the next movies...I am so excited to see him. I think he's part of the reason I stopped full-on hating Professor Snape...he softened the guy up a bit...maybe that's a bad thing, I dunno, but I love how he plays Snape and I can't wait to see him in movie 6 and especially movie 7...assuming he's going to be in them, of course, which, oh please, please.....

Posted by Katie T from California on July 23, 2007 2:37 PM

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