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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 30)

Snapes memories with him and Lily made me cry so much. It was great how he wanted to look into her eyes (harrys) before . In OotP Lily hated james.... what happend?
RIP - mad eye, dobby, fred, lupin, tonks and snape-still crying over this one...

Posted by Erika from California on July 23, 2007 5:10 PM

I couldnt wait for the translated version to come out to read this one... it always takes months... however i was afraid of the HP-specific-terms to stop too much my understanding of the story which ended up not happening. however, reading in my 2nd language slowed me down a lot. i read HP & the Order of the Phoenix in my language in 1 day... this one took me 3 days being shorter... just because of that, and i consider my english as averagely good

Anyway i'd like to say that hmm... i've found out about this site few time after while reading 6th book... i dont use to express myself though, just to listen/read so i never posted before. and well since i read Snape/Dumbledore clues, by Dave Haber, well i was simply amazed.. everything seemed to fit... but it was too fantastic... but being as it happened

i lost the hope for Severus to be in Dumbledore's side quite soon because he informed Dark Lord the correct day of Harry's departure, ending almost up in Harry's end. And as nothing else revealed anything about his side until The Prince's Tale, already late at the book, i had accepted it was like it seemed. However it wasnt.

Congratulations for the speculations of this last book, Dave Haber, congratulations for your incredible analyzing of the books/clues in so few time, so close from it.

And a really big Thank You to J.K. Rolling for having written the most known and fantastic story worldwide for who knows how much centuries.

Posted by SA from Portugal on July 23, 2007 5:17 PM

Sorry for Snape fans, but I still don't like him. He ONLY cared about Lily. He ONLY protected Harry because he has Lily Eyes. Yes, he was brave and I felt a bit of Sympathy for him. Overall still not a fan (not to mention talking badly about James and Sirius when they were ). I already knew he was going to be on the good side though.

Overall it was my favorite book (I was worried because I didn't love HBP) I loved ly Hallows. It was different, but I enjoyed every part of it. I liked the fact that the trio went on a big adventure together. I was afraid that JKR might add Ginny, but I'm happy she didn't. Not that I don't like Ginny, but I felt it fitting that the last book should have the trio together for the majority of it.

Was it just me or was everyone else irritating that they didn't have their own wands (of course I see why now).

Posted by Nikki on July 23, 2007 5:20 PM

As to the US cover.. as Voldemort fell back the pupils of his eyes were 'rolling upward'. I looked at all three versions of the ocver.. normal, deluxe and deluxe interior papers. Voldemort has no pupils in any of these. His eyes have rolled back till the pupils are out of sight.

What I cannot answer is where is Malfoy's wand? That should still be in Harry's hand. And, for that matter, odd windows for the Great Hall or that it has become 'the great oval'. Superb job, as always with the lead-in to the discussion, and it has been rewarded by hundreds of comments this quickly! Applause for the Webmaster, discussion leader and host...

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 23, 2007 5:22 PM

Poor Doby and I thoguht Harry did for a while though? And that baby was Voldermort when Harry was with Dumbledore right?

I loved this book so incredibly much. I couldn't tear away my eyes! Poor Tonks, Lupin, Mad-Eye, Dobby, Collin Fred and all others that d in the fight!

Go Kreacher and Neville! Even Snape! Hell Snape rocks MORE!


Posted by crystal wilson from dallas on July 23, 2007 5:22 PM

To David Haber: I'm sorry that Dumbledore didn't come back...but let's not wallow in our grief... There are so many things you predicted that were true-from Snape being ordered to Dumbledore by himself to the barman of the Hog's Head being Aberforth.

I still can't believe the epic series is over. I was in such a hurry to finish it I finished it in 18 hours and 55 minutes, and after I was finish I felt like crying. This is it- the end! Everything went so much better than was predicted, it supposed to be a massacre from what it gathered.

But when the dust had cleared, when all the chaos had ended, in the end the hero triumphed over the bad guy and everyone lived happily ever after. J.K Rowling even gave us the privilage to see their lives and children. That's what we all wanted and were given the opportunity the see.

What I think I'm trying to say is this: A toast. To a series of books that hold a dear place in our hearts!

Posted by Darth Blaine from North Carolina on July 23, 2007 5:24 PM

After reading the comments again, I have more to say.

Who is the wizard or witch who is magical but we did not know it? I can't remember.

I also want to know who Draco's wife is? I think Jo should have told us.

Also Jo should have said if George or the other Weasleys boys got married. I was wondering.

I had never read about the Gray Lady. Although it was cool that she is Ravenclaw's daughter, and I know someone whos name is Helena. But finding the Horcrux was to easy, but I knew that we would have read about it before.

At the Bookstore I went to, to get the book, we had "The great Snape debate" and they had stickers that said "trust Snape" and "Snape is a vary bad man." I am almost completely like Lily and have always felt that Snape is worthy of trust.

Posted by Bela from Davenport, Iowa on July 23, 2007 5:30 PM

To Tim from Flagstaff AZ and Jeremy, try reading the books again. It's all there.

Jeremy, the Ministry of Magic was closed in Book 5 because they went in the evening, and it was mentioned in the beginning of the chapter that it was closed.

Ms. Rowling also slipped in the reason for the long gap between getting the locket and destroying it as well as getting the cup in the argument Harry and Ron had right before Ron left. I think it went something like: "Did you think it was going to be an adventure, finding a horcrux every other day, then home by christmas?"

And the muggle who cast magic late in life? I think Ms. Rowling meant Dudley. In their last meeting, he said he didn't think Harry was a waste of space, and harry understood that for Dudley, it was equivalent to saying 'i love you'. Dudley learned to love, and didn't Dumbledore say at the end of book 5 that the most powerful room in the Department of Mysteries is the one containing love?

Try reading the book backwards, Jeremy. Start from book 7 and down to book 1. Trust me, It's all there.

Posted by Phoebe from Philippines on July 23, 2007 5:45 PM

Uh, Nate from Utah, Ron said he used the words harry said to get the locket to open in the forest.

Posted by Phoebe from Philippines on July 23, 2007 5:46 PM

Hermione took the snake fang and stabbed the cup as told by Ron. In response to an earlier question.
Absolutely loved this book! the wait was quite worth it. My husband thought I was nuts when I finished the book by 8pm Saturday night. I'm already reading it again to see if I missed anything the first time through.
I just wish there was more. I bet Luna ended up with Dean, considering he was holding her hand.

Posted by W. R. from Las Vegas on July 23, 2007 6:04 PM

A comment regarding the truth about Snape being revealed through a memory in the pensieve...If you think about it - this was the only way for that part of the story to be shared with us - otherwise the banter that would have gone back and forth between them (Truth/ not truth... Good/Evil... whose side are you on...Harry wanting revenge onto Snape.. etc...) would/ could have gone on and on and on and on... for ages. I also like the bits in the memory where Snape tells the portrait of the Slytherin headmaster not to use the word Mudblood... how that word bugs him b/c of what it did to his relationship with Lily...I think he speaks to someone (Draco) not using that word in an earlier book - but I can't go looking right now as my husband is reading DH and I am not allowed to ask questions or give anything away!

Also - I wonder if the 'last chapter' wasn't the Epilogue but the battle...since that is a last chapter.. not sure if Epilogues count as ligit chapters.

And I am still extremely curious to know if anyone has an idea who the "performing magic later in life" muggle is.... Ted Tonks is not a muggle, by the way. I did manage a peek while hubby went to the loo...

What a great story! Bravo J.K!

Posted by Crookshanks73 from Burlington, VT on July 23, 2007 6:05 PM

Kudos to all who put so much thought into all the theories and speculation before we all read this most wonderful conclusion.

Many,many thanks to Dave for this excellent site!

Congratulations to JK Rowling for a thrilling, imaginative, and beautiful testimony to love and humanity.

By the way, I highly approve of the picture of Dumbledore included with Elphias Doge's article

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on July 23, 2007 6:08 PM

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