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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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To Anton, Without being certain I would say that the two people who d that she had'nt planed were Tonks (So Tonks would have been a single mother raising a child which if I recall correct JKR is herself?) The other person I'm not so sure about, ing one of the twins does in no way further the plot so it might have been him she decided to since it would have been too unrealistic for the weasley family all to make it through.

Posted by Alyflex on July 23, 2007 3:50 PM

At no point, is the Elder wand ever said to be indestructible. The wand itself, is simply made of a wood, thus I'm sure (although I could be wrong, since it's my opinion) it can be broken, as it can also be removed by disarming it's owner, just like any other wand. It seems very strange that this wand has not be destroyed, as Harry claimed in front everyone that he is the master of the Elder Wand, in the presence of a grand aunce (hundreds).
If Rowling were to write another book, I'm sure something along the lines of Harry be disarmed then oblivated that he was disarmed, would be in it, even if Harry is not the protagonist.

Posted by Edward Solomon from Ronkonkoma, NY on July 23, 2007 3:51 PM

I loved the last part. Almost everthing was perfect. I just whish Snape would had a better . This one was just... unhonourable. He didn't had a chance to fight or to tell Harry the truth. I feel sorry for him...

But overall the book was great. Great ending too.

Posted by I Vegeta from The Netherlands on July 23, 2007 3:59 PM

I agree with Emily from Chicago. "NOT MY DAUGHTER...!" was so hilarious! I'm so glad Molly took out Bellatrix, it was perfect! I was thinking that the person who did magic late in life was Neville considering he has called himself "practically a Squib".

Posted by Laura from Cleveland, OH on July 23, 2007 4:07 PM

Katie T: Even if Harry were 100% invincible against Voldemort's AK, that wouldn't have necessarily meant much. Were Voldemort not so in love with his AK spell, he could have still attacked Harry in other ways. Being immune to AK wouldn't help much if Voldemort had taken up a balcony above Harry and invoked "accio piano" to squash him. As it was, though, Voldemort expected the AK to work, so that's what he used.

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 23, 2007 4:12 PM

Somewhat mixed feelings. I've never been the biggest fan of the series - I've thought of the books more as "very good" than "uncomparably brilliant" - but there were finally times while I was reading the book that I was ready to bow down to JKR and admit her genius.

Mainly when the image of Dumbledore as an omnipotent saint was being torn down - that, I think, was brilliant, because faith in the perfect Albus was pretty much the last thing both the characters and readers had left. Being unable to trust Dumbledore meant being unable to trust anybody, so it meant that Harry finally had to face his fate alone.
Another thing that had bothered me throughout the series was that I was unable to truly symphatize with the main character. Voldemort was always very distant and in his "absolute wickedness" didn't really feel wicked enough at all. Beginning in book six, this was sort of fixed in the Hallows too - then again, I feel that the of either Ron of Hermione would've been needed as the final nail in the coffin.

I didn't kinda like the stuff aobut Hallows, though. And definitely didn't like the ending - it was one of the most anticlimactic things I've ever read. I never like it when characters in fantasy books just can't stay , and while Harry never really d, I still think even his apparent and resurrection weren't that clever.

Finally, I was adamant almost from the moment that I read Snape cast Avada Kedavra in book six that it was part of some grand plan, and like so many others, I was correct. I almost think it was a bit too obvious, really.

Still, Snape's ultimate redemption was really nicely done. In the end he was probably the bravest hero in the whole story, since he was in greater danger than anyone except maybe Harry and, after Dumbledore's , absolutely alone yet never refused to do what had to be done, even though he was sort of cheated by Dumbledore for the sake of "greater good".

"Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slythering and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew" is a line that , for me at least, be counted among the greatest quotes in literature. Too bad the book had some pretty big flaws, otherwise it would've been perfect. Well, nothing is.

Posted by Mika Miekka on July 23, 2007 4:20 PM

favorite line in the whole book "NOT MY DAUGHTER...!"

Posted by Cory Zepperi from Amsterdam, New York on July 23, 2007 4:23 PM

"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."

I see your point, but remember that the trio was fighting pure evil and that so many lives and the whole wizarding world depended on finding the Horcrux. The imperius curse is the only that does not injure the person who recovers completely from it when it is lifted.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on July 23, 2007 4:26 PM

Hm, I want to know, has anyone else discovered, as I have, that the reason Snape's was disappointing was because we never see Harry really lament about it? When he found out Sirius was his godfather who supposdly ed his parents, J.K. Rowling took us inside his mind and we FELT his anger at not knowing important bits of information.

Does anyone else wish we could have watched Harry grieve and forgive Snape, or was the 'Albus Severus' moment supposed to overrule any desire or need for lamenting? I would hate to see it that way, because then I would have to say that she might have failed to pull that off...I'm left wanting to have seen Harry lament, but, as always, I'm hoping that I'm missing something, a crucial point that could convince me that I should not want it to end in any other way.

Posted by Katie T from California on July 23, 2007 4:49 PM

I think that I missed something. How was the cup Horcrux destroyed? I think I might have accidentally skipped over that part for some reason.

Posted by Ro Prak on July 23, 2007 4:50 PM

Many of us had their own theories, many of us were wrong in some and right in others (including myself). My whole R.A.B theory seems ridiculous even though i knew it was Regulus Arcturus Black anyway, i was wrong about Snape and also wrong saying Harry couldn't be the last of the horcruxes, I was amazed to know all that things about Albus Dumbledore's past, shocked to know that Snape became headmaster at Hogwarts, but there were also some things i was right about even though i never stated them just like the diadem, i was sure that it had a role to play. I have though some still unanswered questions like: what did the Longbottoms and the Potters do to to defy Voldemort thrice? Where's Fawkes? Did Dumbledore see his family in the mirror of Erised or the Hallows? And many, many others...

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on July 23, 2007 5:01 PM

Dear Ro Prak:
ron and hermione went into the chamber of secrets (ron learned how to say open in snake) and used a fang to destroy it

Posted by nate from Utah on July 23, 2007 5:04 PM

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