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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'm not sure if anyone picked up on this or not so I'm going to say it:

Yes, Teddy Lupin is 19 years old (almnost 20) in the epilogue. The girl he's snogging, Victoire, is the son of Bill and Fleur (French name, cousin to Ron and Hermione's kids, and probably around 17 years old and going into her last year at Hogwarts).

A big thank you to JK for the best book in the series. I'll definitely read all 7 of these books again and again in the years to come and if I ever have kids I'll be lending them the Sorceror's Stone on their 10th birthdays.

Posted by William from Everett, WA, USA on July 23, 2007 2:38 PM

To Carl from Birmingham:

Slytherin and other Hogwarts founders lived after the Peverells, there's a mention of it somewhere in book 7. So Harry isn't a decendant of Slytherin, but he does share an ancestor with Voldemort.

Posted by masha from boston on July 23, 2007 2:46 PM

Overnight the comments doubled! Wow, have I got a lot to catch up on. This take a while! Why? Well every few posts my eyes fill with tears - who is missed, s regretted, people thanking Jo.

Heck! OK off to read a few more posts...

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 23, 2007 2:55 PM

i think dumbledore had to so he could meet harry at king cross to say he can go back, because otherwise harry would still be there and voldemort would've won...

what happened to lavender brown? is she or a werewolf?

i still miss dobby... didnt harry say he wanted a easy life at the end of the battle so i guess he didnt become a auror.

Posted by draco lover from England on July 23, 2007 2:59 PM

The use of AK spells by the Order didn't bother me much--it is morally acceptable to in self-defense or to non-surrendering enemies when an open state of war exists (as it clearly did between the Order and the Eaters).

What bothered me far more was the use of the Imperius Curse on the Gringotts guards. Sure the Imperius Curse helped Harry et al., but the guards had done nothing to deserve it. Use of an Unforgivable Curse on an innocent target seems far worse than using one on an attacker or active enemy combatant.

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 23, 2007 3:06 PM

"Also, the Elder Wand was won from Dumbledore by Malfoy due to his disarming cast on AD while he stuns Harry... and then followed the path to Harry." - Panos (Athens?)

Thank you, I had been puzzling - with all the information coming so quickly, how Draco came to be the 'Owner' of the Elm Wand - now I remember.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 23, 2007 3:07 PM

I have just sat and read 27 pages of opinions - and I just have tears running down my face again.
I agree with people who have said Snape deserved a 'better' , but it tears my heart apart to have him staring into Harry/Lily's eyes, and then for Harry to call a son Albus Severus. I so wanted Snape to live - but I knew he would have to .
I have hundreds if not thousands of questions, but that is not a bad thing. It is a good thing because it means sites such as Beyond Hogwarts keep running as there always be people who are discovering these amazing books and need answers, and us hard obsessive posters who just keep searching for the 'truth'.
Plus, whilst there are questions - there is hope - hope that JK has left it so open because one day she intends to tell us more.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 23, 2007 3:10 PM

No Ginger, you are not alone, I grinned and smiled and almost shouted to my other half (10 pages ahead of me in the book at that moment) "Percy's Back!"

I have a small but heartfelt cheer deep in my heart.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 23, 2007 3:15 PM

Does anyone know what two characters J.K. decided would that she had'nt planed on ing?

Posted by Anton on July 23, 2007 3:19 PM

To all who are wondering if Voldemort really could never Harry, my idea is that...yes, it is true, that he probably wouldn't have been able to properly him, but that it was still very important for him to stay alive, and for him to learn all of that LATER, so that he could permanently destroy Voldemort. If Dumbledore had just let Voldemort Harry, knowing he wouldn't really , right in the beginning, then Harry wouldn't have a clue what to do.

Well, and, the very obvious, other reason being that, if Harry had been ed by Voldemort a long time ago, hung around in limbo, and then gone back, Voldemort could have ed him and then he would defeat Harry...he'd still have his horcruxes and whatnot. Do let me know if I'm missing a crucial point...I'm a bit disoriented from lack of sleep...

Posted by Katie T from California on July 23, 2007 3:21 PM

Thanks to everyone who appreciated my earlier comment about the baby Voldemort soul, glad it cleared things up for all of us.

My question this time is in regard to the "Potterwatch" radio show. What was the significance of everyone having a name that started with an "R"? River, Romulus, Rodent, etc...

Does anyone know, cause I'm completely clueless.

Posted by Desi from Miami, Florida on July 23, 2007 3:40 PM

Must make a comment about Dumbledore - somebody said that he eventually is portrayed as having "feet of clay". Sorry, Dumbledore's brand of heroism is not Harry's - its different. he comes across as more human - somebody who learnt from mistakes and was not "sloppy" or emotional (like harry was) - this is something one learns with age!He knew his weaknesses and stayed away from temptation - though he never ever tried to "master" it - pass it through him and wash away (like Harry does). that's his way and its ok, its not the same as Harry's. I love the end where he "Of course its in your mind, but why do you think its not real?" This book has made me admire Dumbledore even more than before. I am glad he was not too good to be true!

Posted by Lotusarati from AZ on July 23, 2007 3:47 PM

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