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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 the people mad at Harry for using the Imperius Curse. What you have to realize is that the only reason that it is illegal is only because when Eaters used it on people, ministry officials couldn't tell who was acting on free and who was being forced to obey. Just because it is illegal in the eyes of the law doesn't mean it's evil.

To all the Snape haters, saying that the only reason he protected Harry is because he loved Lily. Who cares?! It doesn't matter why someone does something, all that matters is that they do it. Why do kids clean their rooms as children? So they can get allowance. But who cares.

To the people disputing wandlore. I have gathered that The Elder Wand passes ownership when it is taken by force from it's living master, or, when it's living master is either ed or defeated by another.

Posted by Christian from San Ramon, California on July 23, 2007 8:11 PM

Thank you J.K. Rowling! A most fitting end.

Posted by Jordyn from Wichita, KS on July 23, 2007 8:16 PM

So, now that we know who lives and who s, here's a few questions for everyone:

Who do you think was planned from the beginning to ?

Who are the two you think were not planned, but she ended up ing off anyway?

Who do you think got the reprieve?

Who do you think it was when she wrote the scene, then drank half a bottle of champagne and cried until her mascara ran?

I'm pretty sure Moody and Remus were planned, and I think she had a more detailed scene for Remus (and possibly Tonks), but couldn't see how to fit it in. Severus was planned, of course, as well as Peter, Bellatrix, and Voldemort, obviously.

I think that Fred wasn't planned, but that's also the one she cried for. No clue who the other one is.

I'm almost positive Ron's the one who got the reprieve, since there are so many hints that Ron's not gonna make it in the earlier books (the chess scene in Philosopher's Stone, him joking about "Die, Ron, " being in his teacup in Order of the Phoenix), but then the worst that happens to him is a bookshelf falls on him.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 23, 2007 8:23 PM

on the cover here in the US, the scene has to be in the Great Hall. The morning sunlight is making the room orange and the shaded figures are all of the people watching.

the book was amazing. i went through a box of tissues. hedwig's untimely was totally unnecessary.

what are the rumors that JK has said that it might not be the end of the boy-wizard? has anyone else heard this. maybe she continue the stories in his later life.

Posted by Alanna from La Jolla on July 23, 2007 8:25 PM

I wish there had been a concluding chapter which put Hogwarts whole again, with families present for graduation, and students being with theit teachers once more. Maybe even a new tradition beyond the house cup since they had all pulled together, with strenth more remarkable than anyone would have believed. Hogwarts itself was so important. It would be nice to have a final image sweeter than broken, smoking damage. Mr and Mrs Granger back from Australia. Crookshanks and Fawkes. Mr and Mrs Longbottom out of the hospital and catching up on how tall and wonderful Neville has become. Mr, and Mrs. Weasley hugged by all of their children and their children's friends. One lasst sweet moment with Hagrid. It would have been nice to see Harry, Ron and Herminone be happy at Hogwarts once last time as seven years before they had to grow up chronologicaly.

Posted by Mrs weasley from Indianapolis on July 23, 2007 8:35 PM

mark: I think it's obvious that the epilogue was the "last chapter" that was written years ago. Most likely the reason characters like Luna aren't mentioned therein is that they were invented later and weren't edited in.

In a way, it's ironic that there was so much secrecy about the last chapter, given the relative lack of spoilers therein. I'm curious what sort of story outline Ms. Rowling had at different points in the series. While her epilogue gave some clue as to where she wanted to go, it said nothing about how to get there.

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 23, 2007 8:42 PM

this is a great guys got most of it right...about RAB, Harry being a horcrux etc...i would like to pose a question. Couldn't there be one more horcrux left? Voldy's soul is already damaged... he could have had one more stashed away somewhere... because he didn't know harry was a horcrux... so he could still have one stashed up somewhere... i thnik if you read the last 4 lines of the book there is definitely sort of clue... Ginny says "He'll be all right..." At that time Harry's hand goes up to his scar and he says "I know he be." (Meaning Voldy?)

Posted by krishna from chennai,India on July 23, 2007 8:48 PM

To Shuchita from Atlanta, I really loved that Harry used Expelliarmus against Voldemort. At the beginning of the book, Lupin warned Harry against using it, saying that the Eaters considered it to be Harry's "signature move". But in the end, despite being "beyond the point of disarming", it was Expelliarmus that finished off the greatest Dark Wizard that ever lived. Very poetic.

Posted by Desiree from Miami, Florida on July 23, 2007 8:50 PM

Man...this book was awesome and capped off series. I cried when everyone reunited at Hogwarts to stand up for whats right and when Fred tells Mrs. Weasly that the teenage DA group is fighting against Voldemort, something everyone else was scared to do. Or when Harry comes from under the cloak and blasts Amycus with "Crucio!" What an awesome book...this site is awesome and i hope it is always up....i tip my hat to JK for writing the best series of our generation

Posted by Albus from Lansing on July 23, 2007 8:51 PM

i've read just about all the posts here as this has developed and i've seen a few questions that i'm still unsure of. like grindelwald, how did he gain "ownership" of the wand if he stole it? maybe because he took it, using force i guess (since it wasn't ingly given to him). i've seen a few people mention that moody saw harry in the invisibility cloak. that's interesting. the whole "love protection" thing is still kind of foggy. i know it's a major point of the whole series, but it's confusing. with harry's blood in voldermort, that means he can touch harry, but his curses don't work against harry. i thought the protection ended at 17 though. why didn't the AK finish harry? when neville can't be cursed because harry meant to for him and the crew, that makes sense, but that concept is hard to apply to other parts of the story. anyway, the saddest part was for me, the epilogue when harry says snape was one of the bravest men he's ever met. tears. also when dobby d that was just as sad, and when harry burried him... i also loved the prince's tale. it was a nice break. i don't know if i'm alone here but i was sweating as i read the battle scenes and everything. i even thought i saw a flash of red light miss me by inches... maybe somebody put a shield charm in front of me. hmmm...

Posted by Albus from Cooperstown,NY on July 23, 2007 8:55 PM

To the posters who think that Snape's portrait would go up in Hogwarts- Does that mean that Umbridge would have a portrait up when she s?

All the same, thank you, JK for this amazing series. I only wish it didn't have to end.

Posted by w from Singapore on July 23, 2007 9:00 PM

Rowling explained why some come back as ghosts in The Order of the Phoenix, I believe, when Harry asks Nearly Headless Nick if Sirius can come back as a ghost. Nick explains that people become ghosts because they were afraid to cross over... remember?

By the way, I know it was explained it book 3 (at least, I think it was) but I've forgotten -- does it have to be a MEMORY that you see when dementors attack? I remember Hagrid or someone describing that they felt like there was no hope in the world and they'd never be happy (and Ron says he felt like he'd never be cheerful again, in the movie, can't remember his wording in the book, or if he's the one who says it at all) but I don't know if you're necessarily supposed to see a Dudley may have just felt extremely negative, all the joy out of the world... I suppose, in his case, 'joy' was being spoiled rotten... and perhaps, losing his parents would be horrible for him...

Posted by Katie T from California on July 23, 2007 9:14 PM

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